Obama’s remarks on plan to close Guantánamo prison
Let us do what is right for America. Let us go ahead and close this chapter, and do it right, do it carefully, do it in a way that makes sure we’re safe, but gives the next President and, more importantly, future generations, the ability to apply the lessons we’ve learned in the fight against terrorism and doing it in a way that doesn’t raise some of the problems that Guantánamo has raised.
Since 2002, 779 men and boys – all of them Muslim – have been imprisoned at Guantánamo, including at least 15 children. The vast majority of them were sold to the US when the military was offering large bounties for capture of terrorism suspects – typically, around $5,000 for each man. 8 of the men held at the prison camp have been convicted by a Guantánamo military commission, and just 1 man has been prosecuted in a US federal court. No one has been held accountable for the illegal detention and abuse at the prison camp …
We’re optimistic that once the public gets to see this disturbing abuse of men at Guantánamo, the outrage will be such that the Obama Administration will have no choice but to shut down the prison for good.