Envoy confident Gitmo will be closed
The man in charge of closing the U.S. detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, says he has no doubt it will be shuttered.Clifford Sloan, the State Department’s envoy in charge of closing Guantánamo Bay, said in an interview on PBS “Newshour” Thursday evening that he believed the obstacles to closing the prison — including moving detainees to the U.S. for trial — could be overcome.
“I am absolutely convinced that we are going to close the Guantánamo facility,” Sloan said.“We are going to close the Guantánamo detention facility. I have no doubt about that. And President Obama is very strongly committed to that,” he said.
The Obama administration has picked up the pace of transferring detainees from Guantánamo in recent months, with nine detainees transferred in December.
Sloan said that the pace of transfers could pick up in 2014 as well, as the newly signed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) loosened the restrictions on sending detainees to foreign countries.
Of the 155 remaining detainees at Guantánamo, 76 have been cleared for release.
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Some hopeful words from Clifford Sloan. However hopeful words only go so far. Ill believe when i see it. However another good thing is that more and more detainees who are cleared to be released are doing just that, being released. A small but a positive step (IMO) in the right direction.
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Re: Envoy confident Gitmo will be closed
Strongly committed to it....6 years later.
He's going to close gitmo, about as much as he's going to push drug reform, help small business, promote free speech, support whistle blowers, uphold the constitution, stop the NSA, stop using drones, end war....shall I continue?