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Obama Vows Again to Close Guantanamo

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media after meeting with Congressional leaders at the White House, March 1, 2013. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama says he's going to try again to close down the prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Obama says he's asked a team of officials to review the issue and will take it back to Congress again. He told a news conference Tuesday he's not surprised there are problems at the facility, where 100 of the 166 inmates are on a hunger strike.

Obama ordered the detention center closed upon taking office, but Congress thwarted him and made it harder to move prisoners elsewhere. Releases and transfers have since become rare, giving detainees little hope of ever being released.

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"[...]half of these men[...]86 of the men are cleared for release, meaning that the government has said that not only haven’t they done anything wrong, but they’re not dangerous, that they could be released immediately. And they languish there in Guantánamo while the president is guffawing with, you know, the social elite in Washington."

"the president could end the strike if he took some time out of his busy schedule. He’s preparing for the correspondents’ dinner, and that drives us crazy because we see our clients dying. And in five, 10 minutes, he could at least make incredible progress on ending the hunger strike. And he has no will to do so."

-Carlos Warner, attorney representing eleven of the Guantánamo prisoners, on Democracy Now!, Monday, April 29th, 2013

Full transcript at:
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/4/29/a_desperate_situation_at_guantnamo_over

Apr. 30 2013 02:38 PM
joaquina from buffalo NY

Obama has a lot of great points being made today not just on GITMO and why it needs to be closed but all the way to the Mexico Relations with the US. Now all this news and things he has on his plate to accomplished he needs to now but them into action. I believe in time Obama will get the truth and the ability for the American's to be handle with fairness no matter what it going on.
Now he is talking about Jason Collins who came out about being gay. We treat everyone fairly and everyone is a family. He is proud of Jason for coming out...

Apr. 30 2013 11:35 AM

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