Washington: A former secret unit in the devastated Guantanamo Bay Depot was closed and prisoners were transferred to another facility at an American base in Cuba.
Prisoners at Camp 7 were transferred to another unit as part of what the Southern Expeditionary Army said in a statement on Sunday (Monday’s AEDT) that it was an effort to “improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.”
Camp 7 was opened in December 2006 for prisoners who were previously held in a network of secret CIA detention facilities called “black sites,” where they underwent brutal cross-examination techniques. The military carried it out in agreement with the CIA, and Southern Command said intelligence agencies were involved in the transfer.
The military has long refused to even allow the location of Camp 7 at the base, never allowing journalists to look inside the facility. Authorities said units that had never been permanently designed had structural problems and needed to be replaced, but the Pentagon has cut off plans to look for funding for construction.
Among the prisoners held at Camp 7, there were five prisoners charged with war crimes for allegedly planning and backing the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Miami-based Southern Command, which oversees a detention center on the southeastern tip of Cuba, has not stated how many prisoners have moved. Officials previously said that about 14 men were detained at Camp 7. There are 40 prisoners in Guantanamo.
Southern Command said prisoners in camp 7 had been “safely and safely” transferred to camp 5, but did not say when the transfer took place. Camp 5, which was largely empty, is next to Camp 6, which houses other detainees.
President Joe Biden said he intends to close Guantanamo, but moving some prisoners to the United States for trial or imprisonment requires congressional approval.
Guantanamo’s Secret CIA Prisoner Unit Camp 7 Closed
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