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Washington Post: Huge obstacles hinder Biden from closing Guantanamo Bay

US President Joe Biden faces enormous hurdles to achieve his goal of closing the Guantanamo prison camp, including strong opposition in Congress and a flawed court-martial process that failed to deliver any verdict, or even a trial, of the men accused of planning the September terrorist attacks.

Five of the accused in planning these attacks, including Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, who is described as the mastermind of them, had appeared at the pre-trial session in prison, which is the first appearance since the Corona epidemic largely halted the slowly moving judicial process.

Their trial, postponed by years of preliminary proceedings, is not expected to begin before at least 2022, which is a stark example of the problems and dark turns that have been linked to Guantanamo since the first suspected terrorists arrived at the detention center after the September 11 attacks.

The high-security detention facility, which is located at a US naval base in southeastern Cuba, has receded from media attention after its prison population dwindled from about 700 at peak time to just 39 today, but Guantanamo remains a global symbol of American abuses after 9/11. , including the brutal mistreatment of prisoners, and the detention of suspects for two decades without charge.

 Michael Yardes, a law professor who has represented detainees at Guantanamo, many of whom are now getting older and more here, says the actual practical aspects of closing Guantanamo are easier than it was before, but that doesn't mean the politics are easy. Biden administration officials say they have taken steps toward closing the prison, and have talked about repatriating Mograbi this summer. But eight months into Biden's presidency, officials have yet to reveal details of how they intend to deal with the political and legal challenges of previous attempts by President Barack Obama to close Guantanamo.