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In big news for those of us who want to close down the Guantanamo Bay detention center, Uruguay has agreed to 'resettle' six prisoners who have been held there for over a decade and offer them refugee status in their country. The deal was supposedly in the works for months, but continued to get stonewalled and delayed by the Defense Department and is rumored to be one of the main sources of friction
between President Obama and outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
While this is a very welcome development, there are still 136 detainees
who call Guantanamo home. Many of these detainees are low-level fighters who were swooped up in the early days of the Afghan war and have spent a decade or more behind bars without ever having a trial. This miscarriage of justice goes against each and every one of our stated ideals and has cast a black eye on Americas reputation.
We all remember how President Obama issued an Executive Order
one of his first days in office which was supposed to begin the process of closing the detention center, but he soon found out the limits of his power as Commander in Chief. Congress stonewalled him at every corner and continues to do so to this day. I can only hope that they wake up one day and realize that it is long past due to close down the detention facility.
What does everyone think of today's announcement? Will it possibly encourage more countries to step up and decide to take in more prisoners or is it just going to be a one day story and we will go back to forgetting all about those 136 people who are being held without charges or trial?