Human Rights

The Long-Term Effects of Obama's Plans to Close Guantanamo Bay

President Obama made an announcement today supporting the closure of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.

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Last month, the Pentagon released plans to close the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which Obama expressed agreement with in his announcement early today: "[Guantanamo Bay] is counter productive in our fight against terrorists because they use it as propaganda to recruit."
 
Guantanamo Bay also drains our military resources. The U.S. spent $450 million last year alone to keep it running and $200 million in additional costs will be required to keep it open for as few as 100 detainees going forward.
 
The Petagon referenced 13 potential sites for detainees to be transferred to U.S. soil last month. However, documents did not endorse a specific facility. 
 
Watch Obama's announcement:
 
"Guantanamo Bay is viewed as a stain on our broader record of upholding the highest standards of rule of law," said President Obama.
 
Watch: A Brief History of the U.S. Occupation of Guantanamo Bay
 
The cost of the transfer and closure would be $290 million to $475 million.
 
The horror inside the prison:

President Barack Obama believes the United States can safely house the prisoners at a domestic facility.

Protesters rise up against torture:

"The detention center at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security. It undermines it," Obama said.

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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