WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is scrambling to release as many prisoners as possible from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba and considering novel legal strategies to do it.
The options being considered include allowing some men to strike plea deals by video-teleconference and sending others to foreign countries to be prosecuted.
The administration also has sped up its parole-like hearings for detainees who aren’t facing charges and may be eligible for transfer overseas.
The push comes as President Barack Obama appears to be nearly out of time to make good on his promise to close the 14-year-old detention center. Congress is on track to renew a ban on moving detainees to U.S. soil.
The administration hopes that whittling down the ranks will help persuade lawmakers to change course.