It’s high time to close Guantanamo Bay

The terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay is still open, in spite of what president Obama has declared and in spite of the many demands to close it.

As recently as last week, President Obama said that he continues to believe that Guantanamo should be closed.

“I think it is critical for us to understand that Guantanamo is not necessary to keep America safe. It is expensive.  It is inefficient.  It hurts us in terms of our international standing.  It lessens cooperation with our allies on counterterrorism efforts.  It is a recruitment tool for extremists… And I’m going to reengage with Congress to try to make the case that this is not something that’s in the best interest of the American people.  And it’s not sustainable.”  

Karen Greenberg, head of the Center on National Security at Fordham University Law School, is an expert on the Guantanamo prison. In an interview with me for my book America — Land of Dreams she said that Obama might have succeeded in closing Guantanamo immediately after he won the election in 2008, but he didn’t act fast enough, and he failed. And because Guantanamo is still open, we still have a system of “indefinite detention” and that, for me, she said, is “unacceptable.”

An article by Greenberg in the Washington Post last Sunday, called “Five Myths about Guantanamo Bay,” lays out the situation at Guantanamo today for the remaining 166 prisoners, of whom 100 are hunger-striking. Four of them have been hospitalized and 23 are force-fed.  Read it!

It’s high time to close Guantanamo.

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2 thoughts on “It’s high time to close Guantanamo Bay

  1. that’s for sure!! i saw an op-ed saying Obama could just send a judge down there, and try those guys down there. it stated lots of precedent from previous presidents.

    then i read a book review in the Sunday NYTimes, can’t recall the title, sounded like very hard going, but about a man who is obsessed with our personal complicity in the terrible things our country does. i am feeling very guilty about it. Holding people indefinitely without trial is UNCONSCIONABLE and UNAMERICAN…or it certainly used to be.

    Catherine Wyler Wyler / Rymland Prods. Inc. 202.333.6121 cwyler@gmail.com

  2. Do you want them here in the States or another country to continue doing harm? There doesn’t seem to be any rehabilitating them.

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