WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order on Tuesday to keep open the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay after his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, tried unsuccessfully to close the prison that has drawn international condemnation.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a recent interview that Islamic State fighters who return home to Canada can be rehabilitated and serve as “an extraordinarily powerful voice for preventing radicalization in future generations.”
Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Thursday gave a pep talk to American troops at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, marking the first time a Pentagon chief visited there since Donald Rumsfeld in 2002.
A ThinkProgress editor was not happy about President Donald Trump’s threat to send the suspect in Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City to the Guantanamo Bay military prison.
A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who admitted to killing an American solider is set to receive an official apology and about $8 million in compensation from the Canadian government for his time at the military prison, according to press reports.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report on Tuesday finding that 121 of the 714 Guantanamo Bay detainees released from the military prison over the past 15 years have reengaged in terrorism.
U.S. airstrikes on Thursday in Yemen killed a former detainee at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Yasir al-Silmi, who was released from the detention center in 2009 by the Obama administration.
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled late Wednesday that he would defer to President Trump’s administration to determine whether the United States is still engaged in “active hostilities” against al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their affiliates and has the right to hold prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay military facility.
The Department of Defense announced Thursday that four more prisoners held at the military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are being transferred out, leaving the prison’s population at 41 as President Obama leaves office.