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Ten Years at Guantanamo

January 12, 2012

Yesterday marked the ten-year anniversary of the opening of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Two articles demonstrate its deleterious effects. First, an essay by Lahkdar Boumediene, who was held at Guantanamo without charge for seven years, in the New York Times. Second, a compilation of statistics about Guantanamo composed by the ACLU. Guantanamo enables unconstitutional actions by our government. Republicans should stop obstructing President Obama’s efforts to close Guantanamo: one, by providing funding for the transfer of captives to the mainland United States and, two, by supporting legitimate trials in federal court for captives who are guilty. If that happens, Obama should follow through on the promise he made soon after his inauguration.

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