One Step Closer: Obama Admin Shuts Down Prison Camp at Guantanamo Bay
The Obama administration has gotten one step closer to shuttering the Guantanamo Bay detention center, closing down a 100-cell maximum-security prison and moving to reduce the U.S. presence there.
A military official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday that the site known as Camp 5 will be closed, with parts of it turned into a medical clinic to "improve operations."
“Camp V at Joint Task Force Guantanamo has been closed as a detention facility and repurposed into another function and the detainees consolidated," spokesman Capt. John Filostrat said in a statement.
The development, first reported by The Miami Herald, is part of President Obama’s promise to close the detention center -- an effort that continues to face fierce resistance in Congress.
Camp 5 is where problematic prisoners were sent, including those who went on hunger strikes as well as war criminals. They reportedly will be "consolidated" into another section known as Camp 6.
Filostrat told the Herald the rest are in a secret site called Camp 7. This is where 15 CIA captives -- including the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and his accused accomplices -- are being held.