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Why plans to close Guantanamo Bay may be wishful thinking

Why plans to close Guantanamo Bay may be wishful thinking

It sounds like an old vinyl record stuck in its groove, another regular reminder of what has long since been a national disgrace. After six years of trying in vain to close the infamous prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, the White House, it is said, is close to finalising another plan to do just that. To which one is tempted to reply: “Dream on”.

 

It was just two days after his first inauguration, on 22 January 2009, that President Obama signed an order requiring that the detention facility in Cuba be shut down. No longer, he said, need the United States be confronted with “a false choice between its security and its ideals.” In the case of Guantanamo however, that choice has persisted, and security, whatever the price to the country’s reputation abroad, has won.True, the number of detainees at “Gitmo” has fallen steeply during the near 14 years it has been in operation, to just 116 today from a peak of 684 in 2003. Of those that remain 99 have been held for at least 10 years, many without specific charges being brought, while 52 have been approved for release.

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