On Jan. 22, 2009, a newly inaugurated President Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed within a year. Obviously the president missed that goal, but last fall, at a fundraiser marking the seventh anniversary of his election, President Obama said that he’d announce his plan to close Guantanamo “soon.”
Pentagon says it will release & send to Congress tomorrow Obama's long-awaited plan to close #Guantanamo
— Daphne Eviatar (@deviatar) February 22, 2016
The Pentagon is expected to send Congress a plan on Tuesday for closing the wartime prison at Guantánamo Bay https://t.co/M3f9ET6deV
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 22, 2016
The president has made great strides in releasing inmates, with 35 of 91 remaining prisoners cleared for transfer, but tomorrow, the Pentagon is expected to present to Congress its plan to close the facility for real.
— Arlette Saenz (@ArletteSaenz) February 22, 2016
ABC News’ Luis Martinez reports that Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis on Monday declined to discuss what specific options might be included in the report to Congress. What we do know is that a Pentagon committee has been scouting out sites within the United States to house the remaining prisoners, including Fort Leavenworth in Kan., and the Centennial Correctional Facility in Canon City, Colo.
In his welcome speech to Pope Francis on his visit to Cuba last September, Raul Castro demanded that Guantanamo Bay be returned to Cuba.
— Joe Superstar (@jheubel) February 22, 2016
@nytimes This is a very bad and poor plan. The coincidence at this time in history is troubling.
— J.Randall (@JRandall_000) February 22, 2016