Obama’s last-ditch effort to close Guantanamo Bay

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A file picture dated 14 September 2005 shows a US flag at Delta Camp 5 on the United States Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. US President Barack Obama on 23 February 2016 presented his plans to close the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba. Obama announced to close the facility when he took office in 2009, but his efforts have been hindered by Congress. The facility, located on a US naval base on the island, has housed terrorist suspects since shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and Congress has blocked efforts to bring any detainees to the United States.

The success of the program is highly unlikely


The Pentagon delivered to Congress a nine-page plan to shut down Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and transfer detainees to a facility in the US on Tuesday.

13 facilities in the US were being considered for detainee relocation, including Colorado, Charleston, and Kansas.

That is a last ditch attempt to deliver on a Barack Obama 2008 promise that was responsible for his progressive brand. At the time, both former President George W. Bush and Presidential aspirant Senator John McCain were willing to s...


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