Will Guantanamo Bay’s prison ever close?

posted by
December 22, 2016
The Atlantic
by Priscilla Alvarez  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"In his final State of the Union address this year, President Obama repeated his call to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 'I will keep working to shut down the prison at Guantanamo. It is expensive, it is unnecessary, and it only serves as a recruitment brochure for our enemies,' he said. But as Obama's presidency comes to its end, he has fallen short of that goal. ... Obama has repeatedly pushed plans to close the prison, without much success. This year, he sent a plan to Congress outlining where the remaining detainees could be transferred. He argued that keeping the prison in operation 'is contrary to our values.' Congressional Republicans quickly denounced the effort." (12/21/16)

  • dL

    No, one reason being the consequences an earlier piece syndicated here that discussed the problem of countries refusing to repatriate American detainees. The US has played a significant role in the rise of global law enforcement that restricts population movements across borders based on criminal records and government lists. Even for a massive dossier of victimless crimes. The US goes around detaining people puts them on government lists…the consequences of that it is to relegate them to a lifetime in being legally in no man’s land.

    Should mention that when Trump was chirping about stripping people of citizenship for flag burning, the consequence of that would be to ship them off to something like Guantanamo bay, forever. You can’t charge them with a crime and then strip them of their citizenship…there is no where for them to go. So you can’t deport them. Off they go to a permanent detention center. Rhetorically, at least, the first example of Paulie Cannoli’s prediction of Stalinist gulags under Trump.

    Because of the nature of how security states roll, the problem of Guantanamo bay is not going to go away. it’s just going to get worse over time, expanding in scope. It just won’t be talked about much in polite society. Just as I’m sure it wasn’t talked about much in Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany.

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