Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on President Trump to close the prison at Guantanamo:
“It was 16 years ago today that the first detainees arrived at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Since then, 780 detainees have been held there. I have called on both the Obama and Bush administrations to remove and transfer all detainees and close the facility, and hundreds of detainees have been transferred or released. Today, 41 detainees remain, five of whom have been cleared for transfer to other countries and 36 who remain in legal limbo.
“This prison has cost taxpayers more than $5 billion, and the propaganda value for terrorists has been even greater. It’s time to close this prison once and for all, so today I call on President Trump to restart the review process for those prisoners who haven’t been cleared for transfer or charged with a crime.
“I also call on Congress to lift the ban on transferring detainees to the United States and allow those who can’t be prosecuted at Guantanamo to be prosecuted in federal criminal court.
“With only 5 percent of the total population still there, I believe we should be able to finally get this done. Guantanamo has been a stain on our national conscience, and it’s time to shut the facility down.”