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Armed Conflicts

Closing Guantanamo

Closing Guantanamo

President Barack Obama appears to be renewing an effort to fulfill his 2009 pledge to close the Guantanamo detention facility in Cuba and either repatriate the terrorist suspects held there to other countries that are willing to take them or bring them to the mainland for trial in U.S. courts. The president should do whatever he can to further reduce the inmate population at Guantanamo during his remaining term in office with the eventual goal of shutting it down for good. Indefinitely holding prisoners who have been neither charged nor convicted of any crime is an affront to our legal system and our values that is unsustainable in a democracy.

The issue of what to do with the...