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Will Guantanamo Bay Close Before Obama Leaves Office?

When first campaigning to be president, Barack Obama promised to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay within his first months of his Presidency. However, as his second term winds down, the terrorist jail remains open. Will Obama keep his promise and close Guantanamo?

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last 24 hours | islandpacket
Noah Feldman: What happens if Obama can't close Guantanamo? | Opinion ... - Hilton Head Island Packet
"...It's becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, isn't going to be closed during President Barack Obama's administration - or beyond, despite the administration's efforts. That raises a deep question about foreign policy and the rule of law: What if Guantanamo never closes, and some of its detainees remain there for the rest of their lives?The sad truth is that the continued operation of the prison is unlikely to do any more long-term damage to the U.S. reputation abroad - because the world has already come to the conclusion that the U.S. is no better than anyone else when it comes to dealing with terrorists.But domestically, the continued operation of the prison will do ongoing harm to the coherence and legitimacy of the U.S. legal system.Start with some hard political truths.Read more here:" see full article

1302 days ago | latimes
Why is Guantanamo Bay prison still open? - Los Angeles Times
"...We agree with Obama that Guantanamo has been a stain on America's reputation and a recruiting tool for terrorists. The administration should make good on its threat to veto a new National Defense Authorization Act if it makes it harder to release detainees or to shut down the prison. But even if the administration wins congressional support for closing the facility and accelerating the release of some detainees, it shouldn't be content with simply relocating the rest and continuing to hold them without charge or trial.In a 2013 speech, Obama acknowledged that indefinitely detaining suspected terrorists without a trial was a problem but said it could be resolved consistent with our commitment to the rule of law. The way to do so is to urgently revisit the question of whether supposedly high-risk detainees really pose a danger if they are released. The government should also take a fresh look at whether it really is impossible to prosecute some detainees because of missing or compromised evidence...." see full article

1302 days ago | msnbc
Obama is trying to close Guantanamo again. Will this time be different ... - MSNBC

"...Luckily, in 2013, Obama reiterated in a major speech his promise to close Guantanamo. Beyond the rhetoric, however, he appeared less than committed to making that policy succeed. That same year, the State Department Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure, an office dedicated entirely to closure of the detention facility, shut down and remained vacant for over six months. During that time of inactivity, the detainees remained stuck in Guantanamo. They turned to a mass hunger strike to remind the world of their plight, with over one hundred detainees participating.Again, we must remember the humans impacted by that inactivity. One of the detainees that participated in the hunger strike was Shaker Aamer. His voice was captured shouting from his cell as television cameras toured Guantanamo two years ago for a CBS television special. The broadcast showed him yelling, Tell the world the truth. Please, we are tired. Either you leave us to die in peace or tell the world the truth Let the world hear what's happening. Aamer is a British national and has been held in Guantanamo for thirteen years. He has never been charged with anything, and was cleared for transfer six years ago...." see full article

1302 days ago | nytimes
Obamas Plan for Guantnamo Is Seen Faltering

"...The administration's fitful effort to shut down the prison is collapsing again. Ashton B. Carter, in his first six months as defense secretary, has yet to make a decision on any newly proposed deals to transfer individual detainees. His delay, which echoes a pattern last year by his predecessor, Chuck Hagel, is generating mounting concern in the White House and State Department, officials say.Last week, Mr. Obama's national security adviser, Susan E. Rice, convened a cabinet-level principals committee meeting on how to close the prison before the president leaves office in 18 months. At that meeting, Mr. Carter was presented with an unsigned National Security Council memo stating that he would have 30 days to make decisions on newly proposed transfers, according to several officials familiar with the internal deliberations...." see full article

1302 days ago | latimes
Why is Guantanamo Bay prison still open?
"...Now the White House says it is preparing to present Congress with a new plan to close the facility. That effort is welcome, but it will fully succeed only if the administration recognizes that the problem with Guantanamo isn't just its location, but that the prison has become a symbol of a denial of due process.Opposition to closing Guantanamo involves two issues. One is whether even low-risk detainees should be released to their homelands or to some other country. The other is whether inmates including dozens of more dangerous detainees the administration says it can neither release nor try should be moved to the United States. The administration argues persuasively that supermax prisons in this country provide adequate protection for public safety...." see full article

1302 days ago | inquisitr
Guantanamo Bay Closing: An Obama Promise About To Happen?
"...Guantanamo Bay closing down constitutes an old-time promise by United States President Barack Obama, and he is racing against the clock to fulfill it before his term runs out. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced Wednesday that the Obama administration is in the final stages of drafting a plan to annul the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Meanwhile, Republican Senator John McCain has expressed his support of the prison closing, indicating that he wants to give Obama the leeway to do so through the National Defense Authorization Act, according to Time. McCain recommends that Congress review the White House plan for the Guantanamo Bay closing...." see full article

1302 days ago | iol.c
Is the end in sight for Gitmo?
"...Yes, a few truly big fishes are to be found there, like Khalid Sheik Mohammed, a prime organiser of the 9/11 attacks. But many others are the smallest of fry, individuals picked up on or around the battlefields of Afghanistan in the first months of the war, some of them traded for money to the US authorities by tribal leaders, guilty of little more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is their ordeal that has generated the headlines that shame America: the denial of proper legal representation, the suicides and hunger strikes born of despair...." see full article

1302 days ago | latimes
'Doesn't make any fiscal sense' to keep Guantanamo open, Homeland Security chief says
"...Speaking at a national security conference here, Johnson said it "doesn't make any fiscal sense" to pay nearly $900,000 per year to house each prisoner, for a total cost of more than $100 million a year. It costs the government about $80,000 a year to incarcerate an inmate in a high-security federal prison.The shrinking population at Guantanamo Bay, as inmates are transferred to other countries for custody or release, has not produced significant savings, Johnson said. The number of inmates has fallen from 242 in 2009 to 116 today. He also echoed Obama's frequent charge that the failure to bring any of the inmates to trial has undermined America's image overseas, especially because civilian courts have successfully prosecuted and convicted dozens of terrorism suspects..." see full article

1302 days ago | telegraph.c
Five reasons why Barack Obama will struggle to close Guantanamo Bay ... -
"...Mr Obama has made clear that he thinks Guantanamo Bay remains a stain on America's reputation, but closing the camp requires safely relocating its 116 detainees. Previous relocation have seen fighters returning to the battlefield, and it would be a major embarrassment if a former Guantanamo Bay detainee resurfaced to attack the American homeland...." see full article

1304 days ago | vanityfair
Will Obama Close Guantánamo Bay Before He Leaves Office? - Vanity Fair
"...Later on Wednesday, the White House rejected the pessimism of the Times report, and said that it is finalizing a plan to close the facility before Obama leaves office. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the administration's plan would ensure that the facility was closed safely and responsibly and claimed that doing so is in the nation's best interest. Per the Times's latest tally, 52 prisoners have been recommended for release already. Sixty-four have not been recommended for release, 10 of whom have been charged or convicted. Of the 64 who are not currently recommended for release, the remaining 54 have not been charged with committing a specific crime. Tariq Ba Odah was cleared for release from the prison at Guant namo Bay five years ago. He has spent the last 13 years of his life there. He now weighs 75 pounds. A doctor who submitted a declaration in Ba Odah's case in June wrote that the inmate was in a state most commonly found in those on the precipice of death. Ba Odah's case is extreme, but it is not entirely unheard of at Guant namo Bay, where the situation remains as desperate as ever...." see full article

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