Still No Plan From Obama on Closing Facility
Despite almost unanimous support from Republicans the House of Representatives rejected 224-193 a bill which would block the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States for trials.
Rep. Jerry Lewis, a California Republican, said it was objectionable for terrorists to “be treated like common criminals,” adding that they were “enemies of the state” and should continue to be held at Guantanamo.
But while the bill’s failure opens the door for President Obama to fulfill his campaign pledge to close the facility, he still has yet to produce any sort of plan regarding how he might proceed. With his pledge to close the facility by January coming due in three more months, the administration appears to be remarkably slow-moving on any closure.
The US has eyed several possible destinations inside the United States to become the new Guantanamo, notably a closing state prison in Standish, MI. But while the Standish government was previously enamored with the prospect, growing public disquiet about making the small town home to one of the most infamous prisons on the planet has led the city council to delay a move to officially welcome the plan.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- White House Vows to Keep China From Claiming Chinese-Built Islands - January 23rd, 2017
- Trump Budget Chief Faces Opposition From GOP Hawks - January 23rd, 2017
- US Now Says Libya Bombing Linked to Berlin Market Truck Attack - January 23rd, 2017
- White House Open to Cooperating With Russia in Syria - January 23rd, 2017
- First Day of Syria Talks Show No Sign of Progress - January 23rd, 2017