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US lawmakers urge Biden to shut Guantanamo prison

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Washington (AFP) – Democratic lawmakers called on US President Joe Biden Thursday to immediately shut down the Guantanamo prison and either release or place on trial in federal courts the 39 remaining “war on terror” detainees there. With the United States approaching the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, 75 lawmakers signed a letter saying the US Navy-run prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was in disrepair, costly and a two-decade-old human rights embarrassment to the country. The prison has become a symbol of the excesses in the “war on terror” launched after the 2001 attacks. “The p…

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