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Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay.

McGreal, Chris. "Military given Go-ahead to Detain US Terrorist Suspects without Trial." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 14 Aug. 2011. Web. 31 Oct. 2016.


located on the coast of Guantánamo Bay in southeastern Cuba. the Guantánamo Bay detention camp (often called Gitmo, which is also a name for the naval base) The facility became the focus of worldwide controversy over alleged violations of the legal rights of detainees under the Geneva Conventions and accusations of torture or abusive treatment of detainees by U.S. authorities.

Nolen, Jeannette L. "Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2016.


Some have suggested that the President could simply close Gitmo by issuing an executive order. Unfortunately that would place him squarely against a congressional statute prohibiting the movement of detainees to the United States. But in a way these criticisms miss the bigger picture. Whether Congress passes the plan or not is almost beside the point. The administration has been in the process of closing Gitmo almost from the moment Obama took office, using the slow drip of bureaucratic processes.

Gitmo has been slowly closing Kayyem, Juliette. "Gitmo has been slowly closing." CNN Wire Service. 25 Feb. 2016 eLibrary. Web. 01 Nov. 2016.


The Guantanamo Failure Guantanamo, which has held as many as seven hundred and seventy- nine prisoners, now houses just seventy-six. But it remains open, at a cost of $445 million last year--an expensive reminder that the United States, contrary to the ideals of its judicial system, is willing to hold people captive, perhaps for life, without a trial. For Obama, it is also painful evidence of the difference between the campaign promises of a forty-six-year-old aspirant and the realities of governing in a bitterly polarized time. Last March, when he made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio, a seventh grader asked what advice he would give himself if he could go back to the start of his Presidency. Obama said, "I think I would have closed Guantanamo on the first day." But the politics had got tough, he said, and "the path of least resistance was just to leave it open."

The Guantanamo Failure Bruck,Connie By Connie Bruck. "The Guantanamo Failure." New Yorker, The. 01 Aug. 2016: 34. eLibrary. Web. 01 Nov. 2016.


Even though It's a costly expense that America cannot afford, Guantanamo should remain running because proven terrorists and potential terrorists should be detained as they pose less of a threat when behind bars.

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Cuban Government has protested us presence and periodically has threatened to seize the base.

“Guantanamo Bay.” The New Encyclopaedia Britannica, Micropaedia, vol. 05, Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2002, pp. 532.


This naval base is primarily used as a us fleet training base in the Caribbean its also the sight of the Guantanamo Bay Prison for detainees that were terrorist suspects or confirmed.

“Guantanamo Bay.” The New Encyclopaedia Britannica, Micropaedia, vol. 05, Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2002, pp. 532.