Obama: Guantanamo Must Close – For Real This time!

New Push to Close Guantanamo

Sounds a little too familiar… but once again President Obama has pledged to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, amid a growing hunger strike.

Obama announced today at a White House news conference that his administration would give it another go and try to talk congress into closing the U.S. military-run detention center. Congress previously blocked all efforts to close the prison but for some reason Obama thinks renewed discussions will change their minds. Second time’s a charm!

“I’m going to go back at this,” he said. “I’m going to reengage with Congress to try to make the case that this is not something that’s in the best interests of the American people.”

Obama said that the prison is harmful to U.S. interests and is no longer necessary to keep Americans safe.

“It is inefficient, it hurts us in terms of our international standing, it lessens co-operation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts, it is a recruitment tool for extremists, it needs to be closed.”

This news comes amid reports of a growing hunger strike. One hundred of Guantanamo Bay’s 166 prisoners are now participating in a hunger strike, protesting poor conditions and lack of trials. 21 of the strikers are being force-fed through a tube, a tactic made public in a recent New York Times op-ed written by a prisoner.

The hunger strike has gotten so bad, that it prompted the US to send in 40 nurses and medical specialists to monitor the situation. I’m no Guantanamo expert, but I believe this Current Event Cat sums it up well:

Current Event Cat - Medic to Guant

If Congress doesn’t stop blocking the closure, starvation may be the best hope to close down Guantanamo. In which case, they should probably stop force feeding them and sending over medical staff…

But, “I don’t want these individuals to die,” Obama says.

Just give it time…

Via: USA Today

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