President Obama came forth with his proposal to close the terrorist prison camp at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. As you might expect, there is a sharp difference of opinion on closing the camp. Congress has passed a law to prevent this very thing. What Obama has proposed is in direct violation of that existing law. In his address he said that the other side was open to conversations on the subject. Don’t you wonder who he is talking with, and did you vote for them?
AS REPORTED BY BBC NEWS:
Guantanamo Bay: Obama in bid to close controversial prison.
The White House has presented to Congress a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, one of the president’s long-standing goals.
It wants to transfer the remaining 91 detainees to their home countries or to US military or civilian prisons.
But Congress is deeply opposed to terror suspects being held on US soil and is expected to block the move.
The prison costs $445m (£316m) to run annually and closing it was a 2009 promise from President Barack Obama.
Human rights campaigners have repeatedly complained about the prison in Cuba, which has held 780 detainees since it opened in 2002.
(There have been no complaints about the terrorist violations of human rights.)
The president told reporters on Tuesday it undermined national security.
“This is about closing a chapter in our history,” said Mr Obama. “It reflects the lessons we’ve learned since 9/11 – lessons that must guide our nation going forward.”
(I thought that the lesson learned is that you can never trust terrorists.)
But Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio was scathing in his criticism, saying Guantanamo prisoners do not belong on US soil.
“These are literally enemy combatants,” he said, adding he would ship terrorists straight to Guantanamo “to find out what they know”.
There are four main components in the White House plan:
- Transfer 35 detainees to foreign countries who have been designated to do so
- Do periodic reviews of remaining detainees to see if their detention is still necessary
- Continue to use legal tools to deal with remaining detainees
- Working with Congress to establish a location in the US to hold detainees who will not go to foreign countries