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Obama's Plan to Close Guantanamo Beset with Delays

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 11:31 AM

President Barack Obama's longstanding goal to close the Guantanamo Bay prison continues to be elusive, beset with delays by the Defense Department, The New York Times reported.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has yet to make a decision on any proposals which would see the transfer of individual detainees, causing concern in both the White House and State Department, officials say.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice presented Carter with a memo stating that he would have 30 days to make decisions on newly proposed transfers, officials told the Times. But Carter did not make a commitment to take action on the pending proposals or the deadline offered.

"The chances of getting it done on Obama's watch are getting increasingly slim," Robert Chesney, a University of Texas law professor who worked on the detainee policy for the administration in 2009, told the Times.

"Whatever hope there is depends on quick progress in transferring as many detainees as possible," he said. "But there is still going to have to be a deal with Congress for the remainder for long-term custody in the United States."

As of Monday, 52 lower-level prisoners are recommended for transfer if security conditions can be met. Another 64 higher-level prisoners are currently not recommended for transfer, including 10 who have been charged or convicted before a military commission and 54 who have not been charged but are deemed too dangerous to release.

The current total population of Guantanamo is 116 detainees, according to the Times.

The government is currently talking with multiple countries about the "transfer of a large number of detainees" from the list, according to Lee Wolosky, the new State Department envoy for negotiating transfer deals, the Times reported.

"This process will ramp up further in the coming weeks, as reducing the detainee population through foreign transfers is a critical component to our broader efforts to close the detention facility," he said, according to the Times.

Obama has said that closing Guantanamo is a "national imperative," and Lisa Monaco, Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, said in a statement that the president remains "steadfast in his commitment" to close the compound, the Times reported.

"This is a goal that the entire national security team is working together to fulfill — from the White House to the Departments of Defense, State, and Justice as well as the intelligence community," she said, according to the Times.

"The safety of Americans is our first priority, and each transfer decision involves careful vetting and negotiation of detailed security arrangements. These deliberations take time because these are important decisions."

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