There’s got to be a better way than to spend over $100-million a year operating a prison for 116 inmates, says @PressSec of Gitmo. — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 22, 2015
Protestors dressed as Guantanamo detainees gather in front of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Washington, during a rally to mark the 13th anniversary of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
When running for President, Barack Obama made a promise to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. As his second term nears its conclusion, his administration is still pushing for Gitmo’s closure.
Located in an area of Cuba loaned to the United States in 1903, the Guantanamo Bay detention camp was founded in 2002. Before that, it had largely been used as a U.S. naval base and area to house refugees. Following 9/11, the U.S. administration decided it would hold prisoners suspected of terrorism there. Since then, it has become synonymous with torture and human rights violations.
BREAKING: Obama administration is in final stages of drafting plan to close prison at Guantanamo Bay: White House spokesman — Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) July 22, 2015