Sep 28 2007

No End in Sight for Guantanamo

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GUEST: Karen J. Greenberg, Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security at New York University, and editor of various books such “The Torture Papers.”

Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that he would like to see the closure of the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo. According to Secretary Gates, the Bush Administration and The Pentagon could not agree on where detainees would be held if not at the naval base in Cuba. Meanwhile, as the presidential campaigns heat up for 2008, the debate on Guantanamo has taken prominence once more. For many Republican candidates, supporting the detention center has become a way to demonstrate commitment to the so-called “war on terror.” GOP candidate Mitt Romney said in a presidential debate last May that he would like to see Guantanamo double in size. Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani has also come out against those suggesting calls to close the base. Democratic Senators Diane Feinstein and Tom Harkin are having trouble finding Republican support for their plan to attach a measure to next year’s defense policy bill that would close Guantanamo within a year. The detention center has been a point of intense international criticism since its inception more than five years ago. The U.S. naval base in Cuba currently is holding 340 detainees. Nearly 8000 have been imprisoned in the facility at one time or another.

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