Guantanamo Bay Camp Delta shut down?
It hasn’t been a great week for the Obama administration plans regarding the closing of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
On Sep 24 AP reported that the administration would
„not seek a new law spelling out how it can hold terror suspects indefinitely without bringing charges…that the government’s authority to hold someone indefinitely without charge will be based on the congressional military force authorization passed after the 2001 terror attacks.“
The 2001 AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force) was the same rationale that the previous administration used to deal with the „Group Five“ detainees this spring, following President Obama’s speech on the subject.
September 25, 2009 Washington Post reports that the Obama administration isn’t meet the deadline for shutting down Gitmo:
„With four months left to meet its self-imposed deadline for closing the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Obama administration is working to recover from missteps that have put officials behind schedule and left them struggling to win the cooperation of Congress.
Even before the inauguration, President Obama’s top advisers settled on a course of action they were counseled against: announcing that they would close the facility within one year. Today, officials are acknowledging that they will be hard-pressed to meet that goal.“
Now it seems likely that, in the eyes of the anti-Gitmo section of his party, President Obama will turn out to be not much of an improvement over President Bush on this matter.
The facility will still be open, and the AUMF will still be used to justify indefinite detention, thus demonstrating yet again how different campaigning is from governing.
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