Is Gitmo a goner?

Anna Sipek

President Obama sent out a plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in order to persuade lawmakers to rewrite legislation, allowing him to do so.

The strategy, made public this Tuesday, provided three methodologies for the secure removal of the 91 current prisoners:

First, the 35 who were found “eligible for transfer” will be sent back to their home countries, if possible. If not, they will be sent to a third party country, given the country supplies both security and human treatment assurances.

The second group of 46 prisoners found ineligible  for transfer will have their files reviewed on a case by case basis. This can either result in entrance of military commission prosecution/federal court or, again, transference to a third party country.

Lastly, a third group of detainees who “remain designated for continued detention and who are not candidates for US prosecution” will be rerouted to one of 13 select prisons, according to the published strategy.

Congressional-Republicans and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell have rebuked the plan, concerned by both legality and security threats. ” As Attorney General recently confirmed,” state McConnell “it is illegal, illegal, for the president to transfer any of these terrorists into the United States.”

Human rights group, Amnesty International, criticized the plan for the continued detainment without charge. They asserted: “Guantánamo must be closed by addressing the problem head-on, not moving it somewhere else.”

“I really think there is opportunity here for growth,” stated Obama. “[Guantanamo] is viewed as a stain on our broader record of upholding the higher standard of the law.”