President-elect Barack Obama seems to think it’s kind of hard to close Guantanamo Bay:
It is more difficult than I think a lot of people realize and we are going to get it done but part of the challenge that you have is that you have a bunch of folks that have been detained, many of whom who may be very dangerous who have not been put on trial or have not gone through some adjudication.
Luckily, the Center for Constitutional Rights is going to come out with a report later today providing a specific path for shutting the detention facility down. Says executive director Vincent Warren:
“On the seventh anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees it turns out the single most important factor in determining who still remains at Guantánamo is nationality— whether we’re talking about the approximately 60 men who cannot be returned home and need other countries to take them in or about which countries have had the clout to get their people out. Closing the place down is not the great challenge it’s being made out to be. Let’s do it and be done with it.”
The report should be out by the afternoon. More later.
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