U.S. base housing terror suspects to get $40 million upgrade
This image reviewed by the US military, show two members of the military walking out of the "Camp Six" detention facility of the Joint Detention Group at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
July 5th, 2012
09:34 PM ET

U.S. base housing terror suspects to get $40 million upgrade

By Mike Mount

The U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be getting an estimated $40 million communications upgrade, signaling it will continue its mission of holding top suspected terrorists and as a major humanitarian aid base in the region.

The base, also known as Gitmo, will upgrade its limited satellite communications system to an underwater fiber optic line that will stretch from the base to the coast of Florida, according to Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale.

The United States has alerted the Cuban government that it intends on starting the project this summer with a survey ship operating off the eastern coast of the country evaluating the expected route, but actual work of installing the cable will being within a couple of years.

The outdated satellite communications system was overburdened with the military court hearing the cases of the top 9/11 plotters and other war-on-terrorism suspects, as well as the ongoing detention operations.

Upgrading to a fiber optic line allows much more bandwidth and a more secure line during bad weather that can hamper satellite communications, according to Breasseale.

While close to the United States, the base is still remote in southeastern Cuba, and is often in the path of severe weather. It generally houses about 6,000 troops and civilians.

"The project will bring the base online with communication technology equal to that of the Department of Defense footprint around the world," Breasseale said.

While the 45-square-mile base has become well known for holding terrorism suspects since early 2002, the base has been controlled by the United States for over 100 years, though its role has shrunk considerably over the decades.

But the United States also uses it as a major contingency base for humanitarian aid operations, most recently using it as a staging ground to bring relief into earthquake-stricken Haiti in 2010. In the 1990s the base was also used to house refugees from Haitian political unrest.

With large swaths of open land, the base is prepared to take on thousands who could be housed in tents, according to Breasseale.

"The need for humanitarian aid is not going away, and this base is needed for that," Breasseale said.

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  5. waterbaby

    Lets see 40 mill upgrade that's just plain crazy ! It should never happen period move the prisoners out to the platform and hang them , problem solved . Then spend the money on needs here in USA where it belongs . If other Countries don't want them we don't either they have killed our people . They deserve the rope hang them and get on with it .STOP the waist of money much needed for good human needs .

    July 11, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
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    July 9, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
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    July 9, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • jamfanwp

      Syria is one of the few conuntries that said it would take inmates from gitmo, but they don't have the security to keep them under wraps. I'm proud of obama for keeping us safe. I can't imagine what he thought once he was briefed on the real situation down there. For everything we know, there's 3 we don't know about. BTW, this isn't jobs going over seas, the radar station will be manned by the US military. (LOL at the thoughts of cubans running our radar). All you people taking up for these fools locked up in there haven't had a friend wounded or killed in combat. Put them pants on then say you want to release these IED producing idiots. Might as well start dropping C4 all over pakistan and afghanistan for them to pick up. Releasing gitmo as a whole would be like establishing an explosives vest factory at this point, people would be going off everywhere. By the way, these so called "suicide bombers" don't push their own buttons. They are pawns, want proof? My best buddy found a car bomb, what condition was the driver in? He was beat up and chained into the car. Yea, we're one big nation full of heartless tyrants. You fools.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  8. MeisterRöhrich

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    July 9, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
    • Ihr wisstschon wer

      Im FOCUS-Interview 2007 (sic) kündigte der aussichtsreiche Bewerber um die Präsidentschaftskandidatur der Demokratischen Partei an, er werde als Präsident veranlassen, dass das umstrittene US-Militärgefängnis Guantanamo Bay auf Kuba umgehend geschlossen werde.... Jetzt ist ja auch erst 2012

      Humanitarian aid base – das die das nicht mal in Anführungszeichen setzen ist schon unglaublich!
      Ach ja jeder wehrfähige Mann, der jetzt von amerikanischen Dronen umgebracht wird, ist ein militant

      Es bleibt einem wirklich die Spucke weg!

      July 9, 2012 at 9:34 am | Reply
  9. Gerry

    If you do not know who Smedley Butler is, look him up RIGHT NOW and educate yourselves.

    July 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • jamfanwp

      Yea yea that's a grandiose idea, lets close gitmo right now. Problem is theres a fundamental problem with that. Nearly 50 people there are deemed "unsuitable for transportation in any form". There are a number of people we want to release but no country will let them step foot on their soil. They won't walk free on American soil, but when no other country wants them what do you do? Dump them in the international area of an airport and never let them cross customs? Some of these people helped wound and kill your family members, but we fight for their rights? If they wanted our rights, they could have attempted to become US citizens. House them in prisons on US soil where other prisoners will want to kill them for the notoriety. The primary problem is everyone wants to run their friggin mouth without really rationalizing what could come of it. It would be a violation of the rights of a US citizen, THESE ARE NOT YOUR NEIGHBORS, they are prisoners of war, even if it means for the rest of their life. There's all kinds of ways to give your life for a cause, these guys managed just that. We could have shot the idiots and made everything easier and cheaper. They seem to enjoy shooting each other enough that I really don't think it matters. It's all propaganda, let them rot in their cells. If you want to let them out, put them against the wall.

      July 9, 2012 at 1:55 am | Reply
      • Freeflight

        Wow i'm amazed at the pure ignorance people can use to come up with some kind of reasoning for doing unjust things.
        You realize the majority of issues you list, are the direct result of locking these people away on shacky grounds in the first place? Their branding as "terrorists" that in many cases had been based on nothing more then just "knowing somebody who knows somebody"? Or your sheer naivety in believing that everybody there is there for a reason beyond doubt.

        And because of their unjust treatment and the complicated situation all this created in the frist place, the best solution is to just keep acting like everything that happened had just been fine and should continue to go that way.

        Don't get me wrong here, i'm well aware that many of these inmates by now probably have a pretty big grudge against the US and (depending on their level of education, a general anti-weste tendency) and as such could pose a threat. But it's just narrowsighted to shrug away that many only started to develope these tendencies after being locked away and treated the way thay have been treated.

        If the goal is really to spread and teach the ideas of democracy and freedom then the least that should happen is acknowledging that errors have been made and innocent people have been treated unjust. Pretending otherwise and continuing this disgracefull facade will only serve as great examples for teaching even more anti-western/US/democratic sentiments all around the world.

        July 9, 2012 at 7:40 am |
      • brian

        Actually they are not prisoners of war under the geneva convention. There are very specific definitions of what a prisoner of war is and the people being detained fit none of them. They are exactly what they have been called. unlawful enemy combatants. But by US law, if they are not to be treated as prisoners of war and subjected to military courts then they must be dealt with in federal courts. If we don't want to try them in a court of any kind then we need to release them. Saying no country will take them is BS. No country we have approached will take them but these are not our citizens and can be returned to their country of citizenship.

        July 9, 2012 at 9:05 am |
      • Rack Woolsey

        Once you hear the details of the "concealed" Gitmo photos or see them you'll feel alot differently about the place.

        July 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
      • jamfanwp

        I've seen all there is to see, is it pretty? No it's not, I feel no humility for these people. Look at one of your friends or family in a casket, be the person that recieves the flag and get's told "thank you for your loved one's sacrifice for God and Country", something changes in your blood. We should send them back to THEIR familes in pieces.

        July 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
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      September 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  10. Fed

    Upgrade... wait, wasn't that the election promise of Obama.. to CLOSE Gitmo? $40 m in renovations doesn't sound like CLOSING to me....

    July 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  11. Van Dadeo

    If innocents are held at Gitmo....let's release them in your neighborhood and keep the peacekeepers you call terrorists from saving you and yours!

    July 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • Gerry

      If innocents are being held at Gitmo, it violates everything we ostensibly stand for. Or do they not teach that in Flag-Waving-Jesus-Loving-Gun-Toting class?

      July 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Reply
    • really

      It's really sad to see your disregard for innocent people. We have no credibility or honor when we detain people who do not deserve it. I suppose you consider yourself a Christian?

      With that said, anyone plotting to kill innocents should be executed.

      July 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  12. fluffy

    major humanitarian aid base in the region...
    yeah, right
    it still hurts to remember realizing, that even the 'good' guy obama is worse then bush ever was.. total fail.

    July 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
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      September 13, 2012 at 1:42 am | Reply
  13. jake

    Talk about a waste of money.
    Romney will balance the budget so this up grade will never happen.

    Peope time to start thing like true conservatives. The story for the future is paying off our debt not wasting money.

    July 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • JDT

      I don't think any president will ever close Gitmo. They just want us to think they will. It's like saying they will close Area 51 or some other government area that serves whatever purpose they need it serve.

      July 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  14. David

    Is this Obama's definition of closing it down?

    July 8, 2012 at 7:50 am | Reply
    • Mark

      Jesus, he has spo many other lies anyway. Does it matter? And we need Gitmo to house those infested Muslims as well.

      July 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • Sam Daughtry

      I agree! this does not look like a mission of closing Gitmo. Also, new radar?? Why not have that radar in Florida so that it can create jobs??–it is radar isnt it? Or better yet, why not have the radar in USVI or Puerto Rico... again, US territories. Instead we plop $40M in another country other than our own. Im not too happy about this and taxpayers shouldnt be either.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:04 am | Reply
  15. eroteme

    Only 40 million? Has our billion dollar sacks sprung a leak?

    July 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  16. GenericMan

    I guess they are just beefing it up in preparations for our next war. We can't go long without a war or conflict can we? Humanitarian? Sure, spin the lies while the Military machine increases it's presence.

    July 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • Yippee

      Our military is actually at less strength right now. You really need to work on that idiot-factor thing.

      July 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
      • Van Dadeo

        Great counter! Too much koolaid for some consumers out there!

        July 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • fred37ify

      Actually – Barrack promised to close Gitmo his first year in office ! The guy promised a lot – and ain't delivered on any of them !

      July 8, 2012 at 12:24 am | Reply
      • Jared

        Not to defend the President too much since he and I disagree on a great many things, but candidate Obama didn't know everything that he thought he did. I'm sure his eyes became very wide as the major security briefings started giving him the real details.

        July 9, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • halo1322

      You're an idiot...

      Do you even bother to do any research outside of your bias? If it doesn't fit into your world view that means it's all a conspiracy? What a joke... and a waste of educational dollars... rather than complain and whine about the global situation why don't you try to actually do something instead of just blathering on?

      July 8, 2012 at 1:49 am | Reply
      • JOJO

        seems you are too....just blathering on. idiot

        July 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • halo1322

        Blathering to you, but at least I can string a sensible sentence together. With everything that I wrote this was the best you could come up with? At least I didn't sleep through my college courses...

        July 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
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    July 7, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
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      July 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
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        September 10, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Davis

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      July 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • George

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      July 8, 2012 at 8:09 am | Reply
      • JOJO

        Watch Syrianna on Netflix and the few brain cells you have left might be able to put it together. Most of those dirty dusty countries would rather sell to chinese or european markets at higher prices. We use the military to persuade them to sell to us. Like saudia arabia, kuwait.....we either line up to defend them and our oil interests. or invade if they house mythical weapons of mass destruction.

        July 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
      • Gerry

        Supply-Side Jesus never turns the other "check" - he's afraid it might bounce.

        July 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • Van Dadeo

      let me try to understand your post without bias....you blame Bush for a buch to summarize. All done for "oil" as you say, but yet you are maligning his lack of a public face or voice now. Though contradictory, I suppose you are missing someone to the and blame other than our present king and his kingdoms. Step away from the koolaid for a bit and analyze current policy and decisions rather than blame those who are relinquished to a position that will be defined better as historically evaluated over time without bias. What does Gitmo and spending money on it now have to do with George W. please focus on today and the future when you and I go to the polls in November.

      July 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  18. rp1588

    Some of those behind bars at Gitmo are terror suspects, but many are not.

    Of those not behind bars at Gitmo, almost all are known terrorists.

    July 7, 2012 at 6:17 am | Reply
    • George

      words from the moral wasteland. Things a parasite, protected by a great country can say.

      July 8, 2012 at 8:13 am | Reply
  19. Gitmo Warden

    Out with the old plasma TVs and in with the new LED TVs for the inmates.

    July 6, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  20. HC01

    For a startrer when BHO became president he has a majority in BOTH houses of congress. If the Democrats wanted it closed they had the votes. Truth be is that none of the Democrats or Republicans wanted these guys in our backyards. And once they set foot in the US the lawyers would flood the courts with habeas corpus writs to free them for lack of evidence of committing a crime in the US. Also having spent 5 years at GTMO before the detainees arrived I can assure you that it has many other purposes than housing a bunch of guys who want to kill us. With the closure of Rossevet Roads in Puerto Rico it is the Navy's only deep water port in the Carribean.

    July 6, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
    • waterford

      Obama was closing this place on his first day in office. Man Americans have a short memory and never hold their elected officials accountable

      July 6, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Reply
      • Taxed

        Accountable? When a nation of You-Tube idiots elect a Junior Senator with no experience or citizenship, how do you even think that there will be results? You're more naive than those who think he's legitimate.

        July 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
      • JOJO

        Really...you want to talk about inexperience. Cocaine using slacker.....gets married and finds god. Failed at every turn in business until some texas rangers (baseball) find he has a thing for talking other god fearing yokels into giving the team a new stadium. Gets elected govenor of the texas. Now if you don't know texas history...had it in college and high school....the texas govenorship is the weakest of all fifty states....the speaker of the house in texas has more power then the govenor....so you tell me. Was he more experienced....just cause its the second lardgest state and he can see mexico from his ranch does not make him experienced. I imagine he played checkers with his reflection most of the time he was govenor and lost.

        July 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
      • davis

        JOJO answer me this, has your life improved any in the past 4 years because of the current administration? I think everyone on every economic level would give a resounding NO to that questions!

        July 8, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
      • Van Dadeo

        JoJo clearly needs an intervention of reality. Two terms of W and almost a complete term for BHO and he/she is still ranting about cocaine? Is JOJo still driving a pacer with a water bottle full of the koolaid? C'mon. Can these posts whether pro BHO or other be based in some way in reality or current affairs?

        July 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
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    July 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
    • SHOW ME

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      July 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
      • Davis

        One was made after he became Prez. Didn't you hear?

        July 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  22. davey

    soetoro signed the bill that prohibited federal money to be spent on relocating the gitmo prisoners. heard he used his very own pen.

    July 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  23. reasoning4you

    Let's use Guantanamo as a transitional housing place for illegal aliens from Mexico to stay prior to reintegrating them back into Mexican society. Make certain that there are plenty of musical instruments, play mariachi music from the speakers, and serve tortas and burritos in the lunch hall. If we are going to have this facility there, why not make the best use of it that we can. Think of the cultural exchanges that would be ongoing!

    July 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  24. communications with terrorist

    The USA communicated with detained terrorist on a level everyone understood until obama said no and than a couple of years later repeatly said sorry ,

    Earlier this week obama said sorry to pakistan for the second time along with handing over millions upon millions to those that aided and protected Bin laden .

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    July 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  25. Hooligan

    40 million to update gitmo yet we can't find a means to better fund our schools.

    wow

    July 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • Solo

      Wait just a minute... believe me, schools ARE funded. The ugly truth is that the money is so badly used or wasted, education is not the focus or priority. Money is used to feed children of welfare homes two meals a day – someone please tell me how that's my responsibility?

      July 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
      • JOJO

        you are right..its not your reaponsibility....assuming you are also godless as well as being heartless....end all your troubles ...put the barrel up to your temple and pull the trigger

        July 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • Davis

        You're right, the money is being poorly managed.

        July 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • eroteme

      The better we have funded our schools the worse they have become. Dollars are obviously not the answer. If dollars were the answer our public schools in Washington DC would rate as one of the best in the nation. We know not what the answer might be, but having more intelligent students would be a great help.

      July 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  26. coloradom

    I thought they were closing this place! Now they're giving it a $40 million upgrade? Um...ok...

    July 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • Fred Evil

      Obama ordered it closed, Congress refused to 'fund' the closing.
      Thank the Republicans for this ongoing PR disaster!

      July 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
      • daniel

        PR disaster? How so? Where would you put hundreds of terror suspects? I am willing to bet that if a detention center was proposed to house these animals in your hometown you'd be the first one to protest.

        July 7, 2012 at 3:21 am |
      • eroteme

        The first two years of Obama's presidency blessed him with a Democrat House and Senate. Gitmo was not closed.

        July 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
      • David

        Would it cost more than $40 million to close it down?

        July 8, 2012 at 7:52 am |
      • Davis

        The only difference between terrorists and many of the crazies locked up in penitentiaries is....their citenzenship

        July 8, 2012 at 8:03 am |
      • Jared

        Wait a minute here. President Obama could have easily shut it down. He had total control over the house and senate. You can't blame republicans for his lack of effort on this matter. More than likely, he realized that he was wrong to demand it be closed.

        July 9, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • area51

      Obama said close to the prison; he didn't say anything about closing the base. The Navy still needs to operate in the Carribean

      July 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
      • Davis

        Like the USA doesn't border on any water. Try finding another hair brain thought! LOL

        July 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
      • HC01

        Let's see, yes the US does border a bit of water but how many of our deep water ports can boast that 6 miles off shore they are in 13,000 feet of water. Great for conducting anti-submarine exercises. Also there are no chapters of Green Peace or PETA, or Save the Whales to protest these operations. The base at Roosevelt Roads PR was closed because of the many protests. Also the area off shore doesn't have the commercial traffic that US deept water ports have. At GTMO an hours steaming gives enough depth for ASW exercises, the US has a considerable, relatively shallow continental shelf. Also some may begrudge this, but GTMO sits at the entrance to the Windward Passage one of the major drug routes from South and Central America to the US. So besides holding a bunch of baddies, GTMO has many other uses. It is well worth the $5000 in gold which is payable to the Cuban governement each year for the yearly lease payment.

        July 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • davis

        HC01 once you are 12 nautical miles off shore you are into international waters. PETA nor Green Peace or any other agency be protesting out there. Once you're that far out, 13,000 depth is not an issue. If you wanted to be in the gulf, you could do that in international water, or even off any coast of Hawaii. It is clear this has nothing to do with the navy, it has to do with the millions of dollars about to be spent on GITMO.

        July 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
      • HC01

        Greenpeace regularly protests whaling in the Pacific. And yes once you are 12 mile out you are in international waters. The Gulf is impractical for most Navy training because of the oil rigs and the heavy shipping traffic. And while the waters off Hawaii are used for training the Pacific fleet, the training for the Atlantic fleet has a nice warm water port at GTMO. As for spending $40 mil to improve the conditions for these terrorist that is wrong. Give them a bare cell, a bucket for personal use, no soccer field and play Christian and Jewish music over the loudspeakers.

        July 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  27. lance

    a million dollars wasted on those muslem toilet lickers, stick them in a hole in the ground and pour gasolene over them and be done with it. america needs to man up and stop listening to liberal pussballs trying to bankrupt it and bringing it down.

    July 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Fred Evil

      Step up, princess, if you think your internet bravado will carry you that far.
      Like you think we don't own guns too!

      July 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  28. Real

    Too bad Barry can't see that socialism and the nanny state make poor sense just like his plan to close GITMO.

    July 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  29. 2012marandalaw

    Reblogged this on Marinchek-Marn.

    July 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • Elisabet

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      September 13, 2012 at 12:30 am | Reply
  30. smitvict

    But wasn't one of Obama's many campaign promises that he would CLOSE Gitmo? Right, just another broken promise.

    July 6, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • GhostCoyote

      Its easy to make promises on the campaign trail to voters, especially when you have very little actual Government experience (*cough cough*) But once he actually got into office, he probably saw just how vital the base and its operations were, and that he didn't really have much of a choice but to leave it open.

      July 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
      • kake79

        Then he's either 1) too stupid to be President for not realizing he shouldn't make promises that he should've known he couldn't keep or 2) too wussy for not being man enough to come out and say – clearly and directly – "I made a mistake. It was my belief at the time that the best course for the U.S. would be to close the Gitmo detention facility but I now know this is not the case because ____________ (and give us good reasons)."

        Don't get me wrong. I'm not just some Obama-hater. I pretty much hate all politicians and know that they all lie and cheat and manipulate and steal.

        July 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
      • Fred Evil

        Uh, NO. He signed an order for it to be closed. CONGRESS overrode it by 'defunding' the shutdown.
        Obama kept his promise, the GoTP stabbed him in the back to get their way.

        July 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
      • Davis

        The President will tell you anything you won't to hear. Going to shut down Gitmo...yeah. Nobody wants Gitmo in their back yard, not going to shut down Gimo, going to spend 40 million to spruce it up. Going to bring troupes home. Became Presidnt...wups not going to bring them home.

        July 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
      • StanCalif

        Anyone who thinks for a minute that Romney "understands" any of this is a fool! What is his position on GITMO? Nobody knows! Think about this!
        I agree that Obama did not know all the facts and made statements he could not later back up. However, Romney knows even less!

        July 7, 2012 at 11:19 am |
      • Solo

        Gee? Really? No experience... no kidding! Obama was elected after a brief stint as a Junior Senator by a bunch of kids watching You Tube.

        July 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • stateschool

      He did all he could as President, and Congress (with its 16% approval rating) blocked his attempt because the GOP told people it would mean more terrorist attacks. Pick up a newspaper from time to time. You might actually learn something about the issues you comment on.

      July 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
      • Dean

        If he really did all he could do then he definitely needs to be replaced.

        July 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
      • Fred Evil

        Really Dean? What more could he do WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE LAW?

        July 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • west

        Let's see he had bothhouses run by democrats and controlled by them but the GOP prevented him form closing the prison? Yet the GOP has done nothing according to the left ( but Reid is sitting non most of their bills offered to make it look like they are doing nothing)and folks say Fox is bias

        July 7, 2012 at 9:16 am |
      • George

        Thank goodness to whovever is responisible for keeping it open.

        July 8, 2012 at 8:22 am |
      • Rack Woolsey

        He Fred Evil......are you implying that O and his admin. have been working within the confines of the law or that they even care about the law??? WOW!!!

        July 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • halo1322

      He only promised to close the prison facility not the base.

      July 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
      • Dean

        He promised to shut down the whole thing.

        July 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
      • halo1322

        @Dean:
        You should really check your facts before you demonstrate your ignorance publicly. The President only promised to shut down the prison. See the excerpt from the 3 July 2012 ABC story below, I've also included the source url so you can get better informed by reading the WHOLE story.

        President Obama's biggest broken promise: closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

        As a candidate, Obama vowed so many times that he would shutter the prison he called a recruitment tool for terrorists that he himself even noted how often he's promised to do so, in an interview with Steve Kroft shortly after he was elected. (Source:http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/guantanamo-bay-open-promises/story?id=16698768#.T_dyA_WQg8U)

        July 6, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Fred Evil

      A 'broken promise'? Or a LIE from an internet poster?
      Obama ordered Gitmo shut down DAYS after he took office. So why isn't it closed?
      Because REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN BLOCKED IT!
      No lie, just stabbed in the back by conservatives, AS USUAL.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
      • Guest

        Ordered it closed. It was an Executive Order that required no legislative approval from the GOP. He just didn't follow through.

        Instead he started pointing our drones at American citizens with no due process of law. That's about a thousand times worse than anything happening at Gitmo. Any thoughts about that one?

        July 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
      • west

        Obama knew going in he wouldn't be closing Gitmo and the Democrats controling and with majority in both houses knew they could blame the GOP and media wouldn't question them on it- seems any time this mis-admistration doesn't keep a promise they blame the GOP and the media backs them up nothing like having vccontrol and not being responsible for what you do or don't do

        July 7, 2012 at 9:19 am |
  31. offtheworldpolitics

    Terrorism is only going to get worse when Iran is attacked, we had better accept these detention camps as a sign of the times.

    http://offtheworldpolitics.wordpress.com/category/politics/

    July 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
    • Fred Evil

      You can if you like, I'd prefer to fight the Nanny State punks that occupy the GoTP!

      July 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
      • OffTheWorldPolitics

        Then everyone can blame you when another attack occurs... Oh wait, your legacy doesn't matter, or you don't care. Maybe the president cares, and realizes that our safety might require these facilities. Personally, I'm glad he is not taking chances with my life.

        July 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
      • Rack Woolsey

        You're projecting Fred.........get a shrink.

        July 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm |

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