WASHINGTON – The White House on Friday again claimed it is determined to close down the troubled prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The prison harbors international terrorists, some of which have been on a long-term hunger strike in recent weeks.
“As the President has said, the United States remains determined to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay,” said the White House Office of the Press Secretary. “In support of those efforts, today (Friday, July 26th) the Department of Defense certified to Congress its intent to repatriate an additional two detainees to Algeria. We are taking this step in consultation with the Congress, and in a responsible manner that protects our national security.
“We continue to call on Congress to join us in supporting these efforts by lifting the current restrictions that significantly limit our ability to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo, even those who have been approved for transfer.”