The controversial U.S. Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba is poised to receive new inmates, Admiral Kurt Tidd has revealed.
"We have 41 detainees who are there right now. We are prepared to receive more should they be directed to us," said Admiral Tidd, who oversees the Southern Command that includes the notorious Guantanamo Bay Naval Base Detention Center.
In January, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep the facility open, reversing his predecessor Barack Obama's attempt to shut it down in 2009.
Although the prison has not taken in new inmates since 2008, Trump during his 2016 presidential election campaign promised to fill it with "bad dudes."
Trump renewed his vow to keep the detention center open last month during his State of the Union speech, saying: "I just signed, prior to walking in, an order directing (Defense) Secretary (Jim) Mattis... to re-examine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay."
On February 23, activists around the world are planning to hold mobilizations calling for the closure of all U.S. military bases, including Guantanamo.
The United States currently has 860 military bases in 144 countries.