Obama unveils plan to close Guantanamo detention facility


(London Post)    The facility “undermines” security and serves as a recruitment tool for terrorists, the US president said. Under Obama’s plan, the remaining detainees would be transferred to American soil, a move Republicans reject.

US President Barack Obama said the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba “undermines” national security.
“For many years it’s been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security – it undermines it,” Obama told reporters at a press conference.

Access denied to Guantanamo detainees

The US has refused to allow human rights investigators access to inmates at the prison camp, according to the OSCE. The organization has identified numerous violations taking place there.

The president’s plan is an attempt at fulfilling a campaign promise to close the controversial detention center opened under former President George W. Bush.

The facility was used to hold suspected terrorists following attacks that took place September 11, 2001.

In 2015, the prison population at the military detention center dropped to its lowest since it was opened in 2002, with only 91 suspects being held as of February.

Under the proposed plan, the remaining detainees would be transferred to facilities on American soil, a plan that has been rejected by several Republican lawmakers in Congress.

“We’ll continue to use all legal tools to deal with the remaining detainees still held under law of war detention,” Obama said.

“We’re going to work with Congress to find a secure location in the US to hold remaining detainees,” the US president added.