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Obama's renewed vow to shut down the detention camp is reassuring
Four years after he promised to close the detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where 166 inmates are currently being held indefinitely, US President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to seeing his campaign promise through. In response to questions about a hunger strike at the facility earlier this week — 100 inmates are on strike — Obama reiterated that keeping Guantanamo open is "not necessary to keep America safe. It is expensive [and] inefficient". Yet, years of inaction have rendered this new push less credible.
Obama has blamed Congress for his failure to close the detention centre that has long blighted America's reputation. Congress has indeed created roadblocks to closing down Guantanamo, such as restricting the use of funds to transfer detainees to the US for trial, while imposing conditions that make transfers out of the US more difficult. The problems of release and transfer of detainees exist, but they don't apply to 86 of those imprisoned, as those detainees have been cleared for release to their home or third countries. They can be released if receiving countries take steps to ensure that they do not engage in terrorist activity and the secretary of defence certifies that such steps have been taken. The secretary can also waive the certification requirement in lieu of "alternative actions".
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