The Present Obama revealed the government’s new plan to close the Guantanamo Bay on February 23. He informed the media in a press conference and also mentioned that Guantanamo Bay is one of the parts of American History and this chapter is going to be closed soon. The government believes that closing this facility is an imperative act for the wellness of the country. This plan came to the agenda many times starting from January 22, 2009 and argued among the politicians as well as the public a lot. In fact Obama signed the paperwork about 7 years ago, since then the plan is still being improved.
Qz News :
US president Barack Obama released a new plan for closing Guantanamo Bay today (Feb. 23). “This is about closing a chapter in our history,” he said at a press conference. “It reflects the lessons that we’ve learned since 9/11, lessons that need to guide our nation going forward.”
The text of the plan opens with many of Obama’s well-worn arguments for closing the notorious offshore detention center:
Closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility is a national security imperative. Its continued operation weakens our national security by furthering the recruiting propaganda of violent extremists, hindering relations with key allies and partners, and draining Department of Defense resources.
In the seven years since the president signed an executive order to close Guantanamo Bay–a plan that was met with immense pushback from Congress and the public–Obama has regularly delivered variations of these same arguments. They often came in statements following his annual signing of the Defense Authorization Act, which consistently included provisions from Congress that would block the president’s efforts to close the facility.
In 2013, as detainees in the prison carried out a hunger strike, Obama announced that he would redouble his efforts to close the detention center. Last November, after signing the final Defense Authorization Act of his presidency, Obama noted that many of the facility’s prisoners had already been transferred out. Today, he said that only 91 detainees remain in Guantanamo Bay (which once held nearly 800) and once again asked Congress to remove the provisions keeping them there.