Nearly eleven years after the Bush administration’s “war on terror” prison opened on the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, its much-mooted closure seems as remote as ever.
Last week, there were encouraging noises, when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, presented a report prepared by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), looking at the feasibility of housing prisoners in the US. The report found that there were 104 suitable facilities; 98 run by the Department of Justice, and six by the military. Releasing the report, Sen. Feinstein said, “This report demonstrates that if the political will exists, we could finally close Guantánamo without imperiling our national security.”
On the military side, there are three Naval brigs — at Charleston, South Carolina, Chesapeake, Virginia, and Miramar, California — as well as the correction facilities at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Lewis-McChord in Washington, and the Disciplinary Barracks at Leavenworth. In total, these facilities are almost half-empty.
The other route would be for prisoners to be held in federal prisons. The GAO found 98 suitable prisons, which, between them, hold 373 people convicted of charges related to terrorism.
no offense to di-fi, but why does congress matter?
bully boy bush didn't go to congress for permission. why does barack need their permission?
some will say that a military judge refused to move a case.
well, guess what, if barack gives a military judge an order, the military judge follows it. that's what being commander in chief of the military means.
some will say that congress blocked money for transferring prisoners.
the white house has money. it is money for other things, true, but they can spend it to move the people. and they're not going to get in any trouble for doing that because the courts will side with the white house noting that these would have been military trials and that the president made the determination that those imprisoned should be released or relocated.
if barack wanted to close guantanamo, it would be closed right now.
but he doesn't really care.
and seems to think he can pretend it's bush's fault.
no, it's not. you've been in the white house for 4 years now. it's on you. especially since a 2008 campaign promise by barack was to close guantanamo.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'