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Obama Announces Steps Toward Guantanamo Closure

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Gitmo, Cuba, USA, Obama, hunger strikes, rights, torture, indefinite detention, closing commitment, protests, politics, health )

- 2222 days ago -
In a comprehensive counterterrorism speech Thursday at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., Mr. Obama said, "There is no justification beyond politics for Congress to prevent us from closing a facility that should never have been opened."


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Angelika R (143)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 3:41 pm
Plesse read at visit site.

Excerpt :
On Guantanamo, the president pledged he would:

Call on Congress to lift restrictions on detainee transfers.
Appoint new envoys at both the State and Defense Departments to work on detainee transfers.
Lift a moratorium he imposed three years ago on detainee transfers to Yemen, where a majority of the remaining Guantanamo detainees are from.
Ask the Defense Department to identify a location on the U.S. mainland where military commissions that substitute for federal trials in the island could he held.

Cathe romano (52)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 3:59 pm
Interesting read. It is time for Obama to fulfill his promise to close Guantanamo.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 4:42 pm
Cathe F- and even more interesting to LISTEN to his entire speech. I loved Medea Benjamin's appearance!
Nyack, true, so be it! That moratorium was a main obstacle in the way and necessary for him to lift it. The rest will undoubtably still be an uphill battle. I have no way of verifying if reports I read are true that Yemen has demanded an utopian amount of $ to take their people back which did not match Obama's offer. -Who knows..

JL A (281)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 5:34 pm
Sounds like where we should have been four years ago...

Angelika R (143)
Friday May 24, 2013, 4:59 am
Words Are Not Enough, Release Detained Men & Close Guantánamo
For more information read this ROADMAP for Closing Guantanamo Bay in 2013


Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Friday May 24, 2013, 5:41 pm
I hope I should live so long as to see Gitmo closed.

Ben O (128)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 7:04 am
"...Guantanamo should never have been opened..." -Amen!

Phillip Wood (210)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 8:01 am
I wonder why the media are not willing to talk about those at Guantanamo who are innocent. Surely we could at least allow those people on US soil while we figure things out?

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 8:38 am
Phil, media HAS been talking about the innocent men still incarcerated. But their home countries (mainly Yemen and the UK) have been demanding their return, no such thing possible as to release them on US soil.
I do hope that NOW things will speed up, in fact not any more day should be wasted.
If you like, sign above petition to further that.

Virginia Belder (38)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 9:14 am

Catherine O Neill (73)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:35 am
Close Guantanamo why?? I'm for keeping it open. I've a question where're these SCUM going to go?? In your backyard I think not!!

Kit B (276)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:45 am

Oh hum....Petition to close GITMO signed, because I believe first and foremost in the rule of law, it can not be a rule of law if there are exceptions to the rule. Then it is no more than a suggestion of law. The United States can once again hold it's head with pride when the people currently being held with a lack of charges, at GITMO.

Kit B (276)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:47 am

Oops - when those being held at GITMO, without charges are finally either tried or released.

. (0)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 1:02 pm
Great news! Thanks for sharing. This should have been done a long time ago.
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