President Obama announces Guantanamo closure plan – Reprieve comment

February 23, 2016

Commenting on the news that President Obama has released his administration’s plan to close Guantanamo, Cori Crider, Guantanamo attorney and Director at international human rights organisation, said:

“For most of this Presidency, ‘work with Congress’ has been code for ‘ain’t gonna happen,’ so it’s far from plain whether the President really aims to force this plan through. If he does, while he is right to try to close Guantánamo, the plan has various problems.”

“It leaves the door open to hold cleared men on U.S. soil without charge or trial, which is contrary to everything that we stand for. Our founding father, Alexander Hamilton, would have been shocked to see us holding men cleared for years by six federal agencies, on American soil without charge or trial.”

“Hamilton knew that our liberty dies when we sweep human beings under the rug. All the cleared must be released. None should be brought to the U.S. A supermax is no place for them. Reviews for people in ‘indefinite detention’ should be sped up. Those facing charges must be put before the same regular courts that try terrorism suspects every day. Only then will we have kept the promise recited by every American school child each morning: to defend liberty and justice for all.”