Gitmo: You Can Go Home Again

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A Public Affairs Officer escorts media through the currently closed Camp X-Ray which was the first detention facility to hold ‘enemy combatants’ at the U.S. Naval Station on June 27, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Lost, perhaps, in the wave of cable news about accused predator Bob Filner hanging on as mayor of San Diego and the sexcapades of Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner running for mayor of New York, came this news from Washington, in a Friday-afternoon White House statement:

“The United States remains determined to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. In support of those efforts, today the Department of Defense certified to Congress its intent to repatriate an additional two detainees to Algeria. We are taking this step in consultation with the Congress, and in a responsible manner that protects our national security.”

President Barack Obama promised to close Guantanamo, the detention facility at the U.S. Naval Station in Cuba, at the start of his first term. Attempts by his administration to locate a high-security prison on American soil have failed, and attempts to try in New York some of the suspected enemy combatants held more than a decade after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, have been rebuffed.

The place known as “Gitmo” still holds 166 detainees, 75 on hunger strike — 46 of them on a forced feeding list for their survival.

Pentagon told Congress this week it’s costing $454-million this year to operate Gitmo detention facility.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 26, 2013

Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia is among the lawmakers adhering to the You Can’t Go Home Again theory about these detainees. Chambliss issued a statement today:

“People across America are very concerned that this administration still has no plan for these hard-core terrorists if efforts to close Guantanamo are successful. Sending them to countries where Al Qaeda and its affiliates operate and continue to attack our interests is not a solution. With the recidivism rate now at 28%, no detainee should be transferred to any place unless we are absolutely confident he will be effectively monitored and cannot renew terrorist ties.

There’s a video tour of Gitmo included here:

On #Guantanamo in UK tabloid’s Sun: “Bougainvillea trees dot the streets like in TV’s Desperate Housewives.”

— Carol Rosenberg (@carolrosenberg) July 19, 2013

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