10 Trending Articles on Guantanamo’s ClosureBy Megan T. Brown on February 23, 2016
On Tuesday, President Obama took steps to complete one of his earliest national security policy goals by submitting a plan to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp before Congress. As he promised during his campaign, the president communicated a strong desire to see through the detention center’s closure despite strong skepticism from his opponents. Here is what both sides are saying.
"When will we deal with it?" In his statement, President Obama said he did not want to pass the issue of Guantanamo on to the next president.
The New York Times
The four-point plan involves includes releasing some detainees while transferring others to a facility on U.S. soil.
The prison, which costs hundreds of millions of dollars to maintain, has also been called a "recruiting tool for terrorists."
John Moore/Getty Images via CNN
Sen. John McCain is among those who view the plan as "flimsy." Opponents are left questioning how the U.S. will deal with future terrorist detainees.
Charles Dharapak/AP via USA Today
Locals in communities housing maximum security prisons have balked at the idea of securing the remaining Gitmo detainees on U.S. soil.
Ben Fox/AP via NPR
The former commander of the Gitmo guard force criticized the president for releasing prisoners with known Al Qaeda connections, equating the move to “throwing national security out the window.”
President Obama said the closure was about ending a chapter in America's history: "It reflects the lessons we've learned since 9/11."
Getty Images via BBC
Director of Amnesty International USA’s Security and Human Rights Program said the president's initial campaign pledge was to cease detaining prisoners without charge, not "to bring that practice to the U.S."
Carlos Barria/Reuters via PBS
Some suggest legislation passed by Congress to bar Guantanamo detainees from U.S. soil "unduly restricts the president's executive authority."
Alex Nabaum via New York Times
The only way the facility is likely to close is through Congressional approval, as an executive order might not suffice in carrying out the plan.
AP via The Blaze