Guantánamo set to grow: Reprieve comment

Press Release: February 8th, 2017

According to a memo seen by the New York Times, the Trump White House is nearing completion of an order that would direct the Pentagon to bring more detainees to the Guantánamo Bay prison.

Commenting, Shelby Sullivan-Bennis, a Reprieve US attorney who represents multiple Guantánamo inmates, said:

The detention center at Guantánamo has been counterproductive for everyone involved. Based on poorly-vetted intelligence, it has housed countless detainees without charge or trial whom the US Government has openly admitted were not who they were originally thought to be. Cases of mistaken identity have continued to plague the detention regime at Guantánamo until as recently as last year.

“Guantánamo has been an unending headache for the US military, the US Department of Justice, the US Courts, and the rest of us. Guantánamo 2.0 would be a national security disaster, fueling ISIS recruitment for years to come. It is another toxic policy that will distract and dismay but serve no useful purpose. President Trump seems determined to squander his Presidency on a futile fight with the courts, the law and basic human decency.”

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Notes to editors

1. The New York Times report on plans to grow Guantánamo is here.

2. Reprieve is an international human rights organization. Reprieve US, based in New York City, can be contacted on Katherine [dot] oshea [at] reprieve.org / +1 917 855 8064. Reprieve’s London office can be contacted on: communications [at] reprieve.org.uk / +44 (0) 207 553 8140.