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President Obama To Make New Push To Close Gitmo

October 10, 2014

I have made it clear from the start when Gitmo was created that is was a wrong policy to implement.    I have repeated that there is a need to close Gitmo, and do so as soon as possible.  President Obama has understood that from the start along with the world community.  While the president made attempts to close Gitmo members of congress played politics and failed at what is logically the best thing to do.  For all the words from congress they fail to grasp in addition to international shame and legal issues there is the moral wrong that this place has brushed our nation with by its very construction.  The rule of law, and the higher standards we state as our nation’s underpinning, must again guide us.

Gitmo was one of the most dreadful examples of presidential over-reach by President George Bush, and ranks among the worst in modern history.  Guantanamo Bay cast a black eye on America and I have noted often on this blog is a gift that keeps on giving to those who wish to use it as a recruiting tool among radical elements in the Middle East.  It has done us no good, and only brought shame.

As such President Obama will–if reports are correct–make another move to close Gitmo.

The White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by overriding a congressional ban on bringing detainees to the U.S., senior administration officials said.

Such a move would be the latest and potentially most dramatic use of executive power by the president in his second term. It would likely provoke a sharp reaction from lawmakers, who have repeatedly barred the transfer of detainees to the U.S.

The discussions underscore the president’s determination to follow through on an early campaign promise before he leaves the White House, officials said, despite the formidable domestic and international obstacles in the way.

Administration officials say Mr. Obama strongly prefers a legislative solution over going around Congress. At the same time, a senior administration official said Mr. Obama is “unwavering in his commitment” to closing the prison—which currently has 149 inmates detained in connection with the nation’s post-9/11 war on terrorism—and wants to have all potential options available on an issue he sees as part of his legacy.

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