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Obama will close Guantanamo – again

November 19, 2015

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, President Barack Obama pledged that he still intends to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, which has been widely criticized for holding prisoners without regard for the rights protected in the U.S. Constitution.

However, this is not the first time. Obama promised 9 months ago and again two years ago that he would close Guantanamo.

Nobody doubt the resolve of President Obama to close Guantanamo. He has almost every year pleadged to close the prison, which has been known and criticized widely for it’s methods and attempts at immunity from fundamental rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama criticized then President George Bush for establishing Guantanamo – a prison Bush said was not under the protections guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

Next year he again promised to close Guantanamo, this time in a year.

So the question remains why Guantanamo is not closed yet. One reason could be the Republican opposition to closing the detention facility, claiming it is still necessary in a world still marred by terrorism. Another, is a more practical reason – namely what to do with so dangerous prisoners.

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