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Published On: Tue, Feb 23rd, 2016

President Obama to close Guantanamo Bay to scatter or release prisoners

President Obama told reporters Tuesday that he was renewing his effort to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which he promised he would close during his 2008 presidential campaign. He said that the facility hurts the American image abroad and said that keeping the facility open is a costly national security threat that galvanizes terrorist efforts against the U.S.

“I don’t want to pass this problem on to the next president, whoever it is,” Obama said. “If we don’t do what’s required now, I think future generations will look back and are going to ask why we failed when the right course, the right side of history and justice and our best traditions was clear.”

The news comes just days after international reports confirm former Gitmo prisoner Ibrahim al Qosi has become a high profile, public terrorist figure, speaking out against the Saudi regime and the American occupation of the Middle East, more here.

Calls to close Gitmo seems likely following the new CIA report on torture photo Joshua Sherurcij

Calls to close Gitmo seems likely following the new CIA report on torture
photo Joshua Sherurcij

Obama did not point to specific facilities where the detainees would be moved within the United States and recognized that closing the facility would require hard work alongside a Republican-controlled Congress that has recently expressed opposition to closing the prison. The president outlined a four-pronged strategy that includes sending 35 detainees to other countries, implementing periodic review of the current detainees, pursuing legal avenues to try the detainees in military courts and working with Congress.

“I am very clear eyed about the hurdles of closing Guantanamo. The politics of this are tough,” Obama said in his closing remarks. “President [George W.] Bush said that he wanted to close Guantanamo despite what he had invested in it. I’ve been working for seven years now to get this thing closed. As president I have spent countless hours working on this. I am not exaggerating.”

“This is about closing a chapter in our history,” he said.

There are currently 91 detainees in Guantanamo, most of which are Yemeni citizens, according to a New York Times project that tracks the detainees in the facility. That’s down from a peak of 680 prisoners in 2003. The majority of detainees have been sent to ally nations to be held or eventually released, however as many as 60 terror suspects in detention would need to be sent to an American facility. Republicans have repeatedly pushed back on Obama’s effort to relocate prisoners to any of the 13 proposed facilities.

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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