Joe Biden Wants More Control Over Guantanamo Bay Prisoners, Objects Congress’ Restrictions


President Joe Biden on Monday voiced opposition to provisions in the Senate defense bill that restricts his authority over Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Biden aired the grievances in a statement after signing the crucial National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill that provides billions of dollars in funding for the Department of Defense.

The president praised the legislation for providing “vital benefits” for military personnel but took issue with section 1032 and 1033—measures he said bar the use of funds to transfer Guantánamo Bay detainees to the custody of other countries and into the United States unless certain criteria is reached.

“It is the longstanding position of the executive branch that these provisions unduly impair the ability of the executive branch to determine when and where to prosecute Guantánamo Bay detainees and where to send them upon release,” Biden…

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