President Barack Obama mentioned closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay for the first time in a State of the Union speech since he took office.
"With the Afghan war ending, this needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay,” Obama said in his speech Tuesday, which largely focused on economic inequality. “We counter terrorism not just through intelligence and military action, but by remaining true to our constitutional ideals and setting an example for the rest of the world."
The 12-year-old prison in Cuba, which Obama vowed to close while on the campaign trail in 2008, holds just 155 remaining prisoners, most who have never been charged with a crime. Half of the detainees have been cleared for transfer to other countries, but various political and diplomatic hurdles have left them languishing there. The president vowed to shut it down in his first address to the joint chambers of Congress in 2009,Read More »from Obama vows to close Guantanamo in State of the Union