Obama continues the fight to close Guantanamo

Source Huffington Post

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced he is submitting his plan to close the offshore detention facility Guantanamo Bay.

For many years it has been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our security, it undermines it,’ he stated.

Guantanamo is infamous for allegations of Reports of interrogation such as humiliation, exposure to loud noise and sleep deprivation have immerged from leaked Red Cross investigations and former prisoners and guards.

In 2009, President Obama first made action by signing executive orders to review all 245 detainees that were held at the facility at the time. He also ordered the closing of the camp by the end of that year. At the time, the United States Senate blocked the funds needed to transfer prisoners. Today there are less than 100 detainees in Guantanamo and Obama is using his time left in office to move those people to facilities on  U.S. soil.

The fact that I’m no longer running . . . It gives us the capacity to not have to worry about the politics, let us do what is right for America.’

Although current restrictions under the National Defence Authorisation Act mean that at this time congress will not allow the transfer of detainees to the United States, Obama is determined to make progress to change the decision.

It’s counterproductive to our fight against terrorists because they use it as propaganda in their efforts to recruit.’

He emphasised the cost to the country, stating that last year $450 million was spent to maintain the facility for only 91 detainees. Since its opening in 2001, seven detainees have died in custody.