US Transfers Remaining Prisoners Out of Secretive 'Camp 7' at Guantanamo, Pentagon Says

© AP Photo / Alex BrandonIn this photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, the sun sets behind the closed Camp X-Ray detention facility, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.
In this photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, the sun sets behind the closed Camp X-Ray detention facility, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.05.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States has transferred all of the remaining detainees out of the notorious Camp 7 at Guantanamo Bay and consolidated the 40 remaining prisoners in two units at the prison camp on the eastern edge of Cuba, the Defence Department said on Tuesday.
“This transfer consolidated all 40 detainees from three to two detention facilities”, the department said in a press release. “This fiscally responsible decision will reduce the detention facility’s footprint and will eliminate maintenance requirements and costs incurred by Camp VII.”

While the release gave few details, Camp 7 has been used to house some of the most dangerous terrorists captured following the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and several others accused of masterminding the 2001 terrorist strikes on New York and Washington.

In this Wednesday, April 17, 2019 file photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, the control tower is seen through the razor wire inside the Camp VI detention facility in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.05.2021
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Many of the detainees at Camp 7 were tortured with waterboarding and other techniques in secret CIA prisons overseas before being transferred to GITMO.

In February, shortly after taking office, President Joe Biden launched a formal review of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, also known as Gitmo, with the White House claiming the president intends to close prison before leaving office.

The Trump administration blocked a planned closure of Gitmo sought by former President Barack Obama.

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