Close Guantanamo says that, “The prison at Guantánamo Bay is an abominable experiment in indefinite detention, which poisons America’s claim to be a nation that believes in justice, and the detention of 86 prisoners cleared for release, who are held because it is politically inconvenient to release them, is a disgrace.”
The American Civil Liberties Union writes, “Fashioned as an “island outside the law” where terrorism suspects could be detained without process and interrogated without restraint, Guantánamo has been a catastrophic failure on every front. It is long past time for this shameful episode in American history to be brought to a close.”
This afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to examine issues related to the unconstitutional US prison at Guantanamo Bay on the island of Cuba. Will this hearing bring the government any closer to closure of Guantanamo than any of the many other Senate hearings on the subject held over the last decade?
It’s doubtful. The facts and policy implications have been clear for quite some time. What has been missing: Backbone.
There’s nothing about the current group of U.S. senators to lead anyone to believe that the political courage required to finally close Guantanamo will be mustered any time soon.