President Obama: Gitmo should be closed
April 30th, 2013
11:53 AM ET

President Obama: Gitmo should be closed

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday he continues to believe the United States should close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"I think it's critical for us to understand Guantanamo is not necessary to keep America safe, it's expensive, it's inefficient, it hurts us in terms of international standing, it lessens cooperation with our allies in counter-terrorism efforts. ... It needs to be closed."

Obama vowed to close the prison when he first came into office, but Congress blocked him from doing so.

Dozens of prisoners at that detention camp are currently on their tenth week of a hunger strike.

U.S. authorities said last week that 84 – half of the prisoners – were not eating.

Carlos Warner, a public defender who represents 11 of the detainees, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour last week that multiple sources told him the number was actually higher.

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    June 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  2. Anthony

    Why is it Americans who post on here are so blatantly ignorant, undereducated and ill informed?

    May 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  3. American

    executed all prisoners Problem solved

    May 2, 2013 at 12:04 am | Reply
    • Marine5484

      Another idiotic comment above from another lame brained Tea Partier. With this kind of stupidity, no wonder this country's in so much trouble! Then again, these ignoramuses like the one above also have a right to their opinion too. I do believe in free speech and no censorship but nonetheless, some of my posts do get censored since someone doesn't like what I posted.

      May 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
    • Anthony

      Can you joing?

      May 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  4. George Patton-2

    I say Ya let's close the GITMO, but make sure to throw those guys in the ocean on your way back.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Sorry folks, I never posted that idiotic comment above. Some Tea Partying jerk is trying to make a fool out of me. As the true George Patton-2 here, I say turn these guys loose now since they already had to endure so much torture at the hands of their low-life tormentors at Gitmo!!!

      May 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  5. Joe

    It should stay open.Heres a reason remember Mat Maupin.

    May 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      If they want a hunger strike so what.If you let them go they will just do the same thing again.Just give them food everyday if they don't eat they don't eat.

      May 1, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  6. UsGotRights

    Will the President pardon all the terrorists in Guantanamo Bay at the end of his presidency?

    Let me be clear we heard “I don't want these individuals to die,”

    Did he really mean? I don't want these terrorists to die, even though when they're released they go back to terrorism to kill Americans.

    Why is it that American terrorists are put to death and jihad terrorists are released so they can continue to kill Americans?

    May 1, 2013 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • giggig

      nce has no death pnalt ,...but it is worse ,force exile ,where the sun is vertical ,not too much sun protection, if someone dies,he dies. France 'd never make this unsoughtfulstatement "i dont want them to die "

      May 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  7. Lord Barrington

    President Obama this is an easy one. Transfer all inmates to Maricopa County Jail with Sheriff Joe. They will be probably want to sign up for another hitch in Gitmo. What else you got? I'll fix it.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:12 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      I have a better idea, Lord Barrington. Since these men had to endure a great deal of torture at Gitmo at the hands of their unsavory tormentors, I say turn them loose!

      May 1, 2013 at 10:10 am | Reply
      • USMC1371

        And you have any proof? ???? Now shut up

        May 1, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
      • George Patton-2

        McCarthy Phunnie boy, yes if you call vacation on caribbean island with three meals a day, 10 hrs of sleep, clean beds, 5 prayers a day, playing soccer in yards, yes "these men had to endure a great deal of torture at Gitmo"; I say dump them in ocean and let sharks eat 'em, and then we close the GITMO.

        May 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
      • wjmccartan

        Thank you, Joseph. I agree with your post above even though these uneducated lemmings here do not. Just ignore them as they cannot think!

        May 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
  8. wjm

    Lots of opinions both ways on this, for my two cents, it is an American base, do with it what you will. As for the prisoners, there is no love here. Put them on a leaky boat and cast them into the wild blue yonder. If they sink their not witches, if they float they are witches and the boat should be sent to the bottom. Just stop providing them with food and health care there are enough American who can't afford either. Just an enormous waste of money. At least if they were put in a prison on the mainland, the cost of everything would go down saving the government millions of dollars. Besides, in a normal prison they could make lots of new friends. Those friends would deal with the problem, and any new friends should be dealt with the same way. Justice is supposed to be blind anyways.

    May 1, 2013 at 3:59 am | Reply
    • James

      I don't give a flip if they eat or not. There are a lot of starving kids in the states that would love to eat something !!

      May 1, 2013 at 4:54 am | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Awsome post

      May 1, 2013 at 5:23 am | Reply
    • giggig

      hold them at undisclosed location(s) to an undisclosed faith,classyfied,state secret. Fot Amadinajackets & Co MIA.

      May 1, 2013 at 8:27 am | Reply
      • giggig

        for Amadinajackets?Hizbolla&CO = MIA that's all. The 9/11 organizer(s) yes definately to NY ,full jury and NY death,victims rights to attend granted too.

        May 1, 2013 at 8:37 am |
      • joe paul

        free them and send them to those virgins

        May 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
  9. helenecha

    It is a prison. Whom should people believe, which are the geniuses? Aren't they designers?

    May 1, 2013 at 12:10 am | Reply
  10. August

    Wowsers...the anti-rrepubs are out and miserable today.
    It's interesting that they still blame Bush for so much as well as the House & Senate for blocking things...but don't acknowledge the first two years of obamas presidency..;..where they did so much to ruin this country but didn't help him follow his promises on Gitmo, balancing the budget and so much else. Meanwhile...his crimes are on the traitorus and you don't even go there. Shame on all of you for screaming your crud and ignoring the rest of the truth.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Reply
    • will

      Shut up you pigfhucking southern hick

      April 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Reply
    • DemocracyIsLiberal

      I take it you've recently purchased yourself a season pass to Bush's presidential library.

      Yes Bush still deserves blame. His decision to go to war in Iraq was a costly one in both monetary terms and in the lives of those who have been lost. All on a false pretense. His use of torture and his denial of due process to those in US custody exemplifies the worst and most dangerous qualities in a leader.

      But not only are such actions more suited to a dictator, they highlight the gross hypocrisy of American policy, and it is this hypocrisy that is a significant source of anti-Americanism in the world. They do not "hate our freedom". Poll after poll shows people around the world tend to favour American culture and American ideals. What they hate is the hypocrisy and the callous disregard that Americans display towards any life that isn't western. The "collateral damage" that the US inflicts on other nations far outstrips anything terrorists have ever inflicted on the American public. But for large portions of the American public these people rate somewhere beneath a human being because they are different and their suffering is out of sight, and therefore out of mind.

      America was once the greatest country in the world. But nowadays it does less to demonstrate its greatness and instead merely assumes its own superiority and disparages anyone who questions US policy as "unAmerican". This arrogance is arguably one of its greatest shortcomings and undermines a country that otherwise has enjoyed a truly exceptional place in history.

      April 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Reply
    • Alan Fraser

      Shame on you for your misinformed and misguided stupidity.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:10 am | Reply
  11. najania

    Should've never been opened.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      So we can send them to your house?

      May 1, 2013 at 5:34 am | Reply
  12. Krthuk Fdrgyuk

    I bet you ten-thousand-bucks that GITMO stays open.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • aroth

      Make that bitcoins and maybe you've got a deal.

      April 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • American

      Ill second on that

      May 2, 2013 at 12:00 am | Reply
  13. Nancy

    Hopefully they will succeed in starving themselves to death and then he can close the place.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • AEireM

      So that Obama will let prisoners starve to death just like Maggie Thatcher? Obama is far smarter and more human than her.

      April 30, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Reply
      • LAFR

        Are you sure?

        May 1, 2013 at 1:00 am |
  14. Lance

    How sad if we Americans steep to the level of those we profess to dislike so much. We are better then this. The day we champion places like Gitmo is the day we lose all that make us American. Close this torture chamber now! It is the ugliest side of humanity

    April 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  15. Robert

    Gitmo should stay open or would you like for the us to have a detention facility in you back yard so you can invite them over for cookouts sometimes life's not pretty things just need to be done.............

    April 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  16. kathy

    Uhhhh....excuse me all you rapid Obama haters...(for your OWN reasons I guess). In the first year of his term he brought it up and as usual Voldemort Mc Connell and Tangerine Boehner immediately jumped up and started to block any attempts to close it....obstructing any talk about shutting it down and moving prisoners to jails in US....and maybe even bringing actual charges against them. So blame your good buddies in the ole GOP...Grand Obstructionist Party.

    April 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Goood for them!!!! For once they earned their pay check!!!!! Keep the animals where they are we don't need them in the U.S. Want a example why just wait till we start getting the bill for the boston bomber.

      April 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Reply
      • Desert Tortoise

        Our tax money pays to detain these people whether they are in Guantanamo or a prison on US soil. Your objection lacks any logic.

        April 30, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
      • Terry

        There have been four hundred plus trials in federal courts with decisions and only four military tribunals of the "combatants" .. some released back to their countries and others in supermax prisons that for the rest of their lives might see the light of day for one hour for the rest of their lives. Which of these two situations is considered American and shows the humanity we've always had. Some of these people are simply neighbors of someone that might have been seen doing something. Ridiculous. It's a scab on the name of our fine country.

        April 30, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
  17. John Geheran

    The bottom line here is that this infamous base in Cuba needs to shut down once and for all! As an American, knowing what goes on inside that base with those political prisoners and I do say "political" since most of them done anything except to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, makes me sick to my stomach. Besides, it's an affront to my national pride!

    April 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  18. Eruhtyu Bftujb

    GITMO closed by a lame duck is at best unlikely.

    April 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  19. MacArthur

    Wow! Did Al Queda and radical Islam unconditionally surrender? If the war is over, the enemy combatants should be able to go home and we should all be dancing in the streets like happy Ewoks. If the enemy is still blowing stuff up, then the prisoners should be held until the war ends.

    April 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • Ben Edwards

      But 82 of them have been cleared for release, dude.

      April 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Reply
      • USMC1371

        Sad that no one will take them.....says a lot

        May 1, 2013 at 3:04 am |
  20. The Old One

    Obama promised to get rid of Gitmo before his FIRST election, failed to deliver, yet he got re-elected.. That's good enough to lose faith in DemonCrazy. Gullible, gullible "equal" voters! People should get votes based on their age, knowledge and the tax they pay.. then the combined intelligence of the population can ensure we get better decisions in government.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      I tend to agree with you, The Old One. Unfortunately, we have 90% of our Congress plus the White House bought and paid for by special interest groups, not the least is the M.I.C. that Pres. Eisenhower warned us about as early as 1959!!!

      April 30, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • Desert Tortoise

      Conveniently ignoring that closing Guantanamo was prohibited by Congress. So far, every proposed location for these prisoners on US soil has run into a buzz saw of opposition and no one in Congress is willing to allow a prison to be opened for these prisoners in the US. How about dealing with the truth? Is that too much to ask?

      April 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  21. Stephen

    Obama does whatever will make him look good in the public eye. Close Gitmo but let the drone strikes continue to kill civilians in the Middle East. Boots on the ground would be less expensive, true it would put American soldiers at risk, but since when are American lives more valuable than Afghani civilian lives? Isn't this the premise for closing Gitmo? Cost, embarrassment? Too bad CNN doesn't provide more coverage on drone strikes that take innocent lives. We have to look for other sources of news that reveal that truth. Obama is a hypocrite and a coward....that's why he can't get anything done.

    April 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Thank you again, Stephen. You nailed it good!!!

      April 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Reply
      • Stephen

        anything for you George !!! how about meeting in rusty nail for couple of beers tonight?

        May 1, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
    • kathy

      I suspect you'd be among the first to be screaming if the american soldiers bodies started stacking up in yet another misguided war with boots on the ground. Are you volunteering to put your boots anywhere but up on the ottoman? Try putting them up your behind where you head seems to be.

      April 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Reply
      • Stephen

        I served in the USMC 89-93. My brother is still active (E-6) and has served 4 tours in Afghanistan. My dad was Navy, uncle AF – both Vietnam, and my 17 year old son plans to enlist (USMC) after graduation. I, and many just like me, would gladly CARESS the target if a drone strike meant civilians would be killed – especially women and children. That's what we do, it's what we live for. I like seeing the bad guys blown up as much as the next person...NOT women and children and that is exactly what our drone strikes have done. But sure, let's close Gitmo because the 3 squares a day, warm beds, and medical attention these TERRORISTS receive is just so cruel and inhumane, right??

        April 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
      • Pete

        @Stephen,sorry about being late but I read your family did very well being employed by the republican warmongers MIC ..And I suppose you're with McCain that treasonistic pig called the Saigon Songbird in advocating another war with us getting involved with Assads Syria..Just wondering so to keep your kin employed that's all in these tough economic times right and don't pull that patriotic crap either because we won't benefit there either like Vietnam,Iraq,Afghanistan and others just international bullies to keep our military trained,alert and ready for another lie like Bushs to pop up war wise!!

        May 2, 2013 at 11:14 am |
  22. Pete

    How can Gitmo be shut by Pres.Obama when the republican led congress won't approve anything except the air traffic controllers furloughs simply because they wanted to go home that weekend.Republicans are just arrogent ,selfserving idiots that should be in Gitmo as well as traitors to our nation,like it or not as well as Bush and Cheney ,obstructionists,traitors,murderers all!!

    April 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • Stephen

      Obama has a zero understanding of strategy and constantly caves to international will – even to the point of excluding the half of American opinion that doesn't agree with his own. His policies divide the country. His inability to react to global situations is an embarrassment. He may be a good Senator, have other relevant skills to offer – but just because he got voted into office does not make him a good leader. Obama is a horrible leader that knows only how to divide.

      April 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • Stephen

      Add Obama to your list of murderers. American drone strikes continue to kill civilians in the Middle East. Somehow that's OK, right? Or, that is Bush's fault too?

      April 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        Quite true Stephen, quite true indeed. Everything you said about Obama is very true so far. He's in cahoots with the M.I.C. in Washington as anyone with half a brain would know!

        April 30, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
      • Pete

        @Stephen,remember bud we were in Afghanistan and other countries well before Pres.Obamas inaugeration get that in your head.And he's only doing what your so called sanctumonious republicans who are in majority in congress want him to work with and Stephen that ain't much..Remember bud its republicans who've led all parties in this nations recessions,depressions,wars and other political debacles..Posters here complain of SocialSecurity and others being drained as well and all you have to do is go back and read about your hero in Reagan and his stealing from the SocialSecurity coffers to balance the federal budget in the 80s and how its owed over 2.7 trillion .Or how you and others condemn Hillary with Benghazi when it was Reagan with embassies in Lebanon,Kuwait killing over 300 and marine barricks as well..Reagan caught selling weapons to the Contras with the CIAs help and serin gas to Kadafi,Hussein to use on their own people and you call Reagan a patriot ..And after your Bushs wars created with lies you ignorent,bigotted posters here wouldn't know a patriot if he spit in your face right now.Bush,Cheney indicted by 150 countries but ours for human rights violations murdering over 5000 innocent military and thousands of untold Iraqi civilians and you still ignorently praise him but condemn Pres.Obamas use of drones that Bushs administration first used.They open up a library with him saying if he like Cheney could do it all over again he wouldn't change a thing,how delushional,how maniacal ,how selfserving from a man who wouldn't take his fathers advise and stay out of politics because his father thought of him as stupid ,he said Jebs smarter let him run instead of you !!So Stephen check your facts as well as your partys past because with a past as dirty and corrupt as republicans there's no room to condemn others unless you can hide what's already been found and that's saying a mouth full!!!

        April 30, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
      • USMC1371

        Pete,
        Really???? Come on now you know as the commader in-cheif that he could pull the plug on all the military action. He is just like Bush just he hides it more.

        April 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
      • Desert Tortoise

        Yeah, it is ok actually. Those civilians you are sniveling about choose to live with known terrorists, and let them live in their communities instead of running them out. Live with terrorists and you get what's coming to you. If you are not willing to fight then just throw up your hands and surrender. Gutless people like you deserve the tyranny you will get. Fight them or be subjugated. I'll fight thank you and I don't have an ounce of mercy for the allies of the Taliban or AQ.

        April 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
      • Stephen

        Pete,
        Your assumption that I am Rep is dead wrong. I don't vote party lines, I vote for the best candidate and Obama sure as sh!t ain't it. This is about Obama. Live in the past if you want but check your facts. The Iran contra thing was Col. Ollie North. Selling arms to Iranian rebels was a mistake, but I'm pretty sure Col North has earned your respect since he and others like him are the reason you can play armchair general and sound off your own distorted version of history, freely, without fear of reprisal. Rep or Dem, American foreign policy since WWII – for the most part – sucks. Obama swoops in with "room to condemn", then: gives F16s and tanks to Egypt, supports Syrian rebels, and STILL uses drones to achieve U.S. military objectives with disregard to collateral damage. Then he wants to close Gitmo – WHY? A purely political agenda to look good for the world. Obama's a performer. The man you back is spineless, ignorant, and hypocritical...nothing more than a politician. At least Regan and the Bush's had the balls and convictions to act decisively. Like you could do better. And Clinton's budget success is directly tied to free trade with China. A deal that killed the U.S. 7 years after it was made. Clinton made a deal with the Chinese that strengthened their military, made them a global player, drove U.S. prices on natural resources and building materials through the roof, which caused the U.S. and global economy to collapse. Research the "Clinton Vision" before you reply. Maybe then your posts might have a shred of intelligence to them.

        April 30, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
      • Stephen

        Desert Turtle,

        I can tell by your post you haven't set foot in the desert. As you were, now you can unpause your XBox and continue playing MW3.

        April 30, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,easier to start one with lies marine than stop them and tell the republicans backed MIC to go home and if you're a marine than unemployement for you too,right!!

        May 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
      • Pete

        @Stephen,you vote as an independent thats smart not wanting any responsibility for either partys mistakes even though you voted for them,good job if it works take the credit ,if it fails you like most republicans in denile here just hide to save face!!I applaud your supposid fact finding mission which I know you Googled hard for but Pres.Obama is much better suited for Americas people than a corporate elitist in Romney or who ever you cherished about voting for..Just remember you probibly voted for that moron in Bush as well but you'll never take credit for that ignorent mistake as well will yah and twice as well!!

        May 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
      • Pete

        @Stephen,Bush,Reagan were maniacal,not a set of balls between them bud,just insane that's proven that's all!!

        May 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
      • Pete

        @Stephen,I'm not an armchair general nor scared of anybodys reprisals or intimidated by supposid wealth of political,military history of yours probibly just Googled of course!!!I'm just a retired union welder who lived through many of these disgusting political ,military debacles,mostly republicans..Stephen if you're so full of facts check out how come advocates of war namely republicans only account for only 30% of active,inactive reps that served militarily in both houses while democrates that demonstrate diplomacy,peace advocating against war have over 70% active,inactive reps that served militarily..I applaud your vast memory and knowledge but from where I sit its been republicans from Hoover to Bush that have endangered American lives and values just for the sake of the almighty dollar and you can't argue with that can yah!!It's historic as well Stephen!!

        May 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • sonworshiper

      When President Obama first came into office, Congress was not Republican-led. The Democrats led both Houses. So... I suppose we should throw all of them in Gitmo too, right? Or is it ok because Democrats can do no wrong?

      April 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Reply
    • ND

      Pete, the 111th Congress, which was in place for President Obama's first two years in office, including during when he attempted to close "GITMO" was dominated by the Democrat Party in both chambers (Senate and House of Representatives). So, in essence, the Democrat-controlled Congress did not allow President Obama to close "GITMO".

      April 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Reply
      • Frogger

        Is not Barack Obama as President Supreme Leader and Commander of Our Hallowed Armed Forces? As such, can he not say, "Minions, abandon this base and return to the mainland at once?"

        April 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
      • Pete

        @ND,and what party may I ask leads in fillibusters since before Pres.Obamas inaugeration,the republican party right..And democrates if you research never really led both houses even if you read because some reps were out health wise and other problems but still considered majority no less..Just check my facts speak for themselves not what most get from FOX or others for info...For your info Bush opened gitmo in 2002 and republicans led both houses till 2007 while Bushs debacles kept everyone busy!!

        April 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
    • ND

      Pete, I was stating a verifiable historical fact. If you wish to contest it, then offer some verifiable evidence that the 111th Congress stopped the closing of Guantanamo's Detention Facility via a Republican-led filibuster. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 (PL 111-383) – enacted by Congress – passed with a vote (NOT a "filibuster") record of 187 DEMOCRATS and 154 REPUBLICANS (i.e., "bi-partisan") voting "yea". That's a full 79% of the House at that time. The measure was introduced by Representative Ike Skelton... a DEMOCRAT. These are just facts. Not Fox, not MSNBC, not CNN. Just a matter of Congressional record. You can dispute them all day long. But, they are what they are.

      April 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @ND,if you're so smart who's going to accept these supposid terrorists taken prisoner mostly under Bushs watch and he did open Gitmo didn't he in 2002!!Nobody will take them and reps like Graham,Issa and others that think they're real military JAG lawyers are always caught barking up the wrong tree most times don't they fighting any prisoners moves or objecting the closure of Gitmo as well because they keep reinterating that these supposid terrorists will come back and will they..And posters out there after all the torture like waterboardings and mistreatment to these prisoners at Gitmo none of whom would be there if Bushs war in Iraq,Afghanistan hadn't begun and you wonder why our people who are being held captive get anything less as those at Gitmo as someone else's prisoner, you tell me and they're called animals by us !!We as Americans started this mess and we as Americans should go out and fix it and believe me its not Pres.Obamas fault ,its ours for listening to that liar in Bush and believing in his story of WMDs, they in Bush,Cheney should hang in the Hague for it as well as murderers!!

        May 1, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
      • ND

        @Pete. I can only reply to you in terms of facts; not emotion and conjecture. I hope that some day you find the answers to all your questions, or concerns. But, I highly doubt that anyone will be able to answer them here to your satisfaction. Have a great day.

        May 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
      • Pete

        @ND,most of my statements here are facts and can be backed up and not as conjecture..Yes I get emotional sometimes because ignorence on these sites run deep and people seem to have a problem like republicans,others in sticking their feet in their mouths if you know what I mean..And you too have a great day yourself sir!And remember we can only play the cards we are dealt with right and after Pres.Obama took office you can't argue his hand sucked being his cards dealt from Bush!!

        May 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
  23. thomas

    It would have been nice if CNN had reported a little more detail on how Congress blocked the closing actions.

    April 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  24. Joseph McCarthy

    It's about time! Unfortunately, this should have been done four years ago or better yet, never to have been opened in the first place! The people who run it need to be indicted and taken to the I.C.C but won't, since this body has no moral principles!

    April 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      Good posting, Joseph. Gitmo has been nothing but a national disgrace to say the least. Yes Joseph, by torturing these political prisoners, their tormentors do need to be brought to justice but won't, unfortunately. As JFK once said, life is not fair!

      April 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Reply
      • - John Wayne

        "Life's tough ... it's even tougher if you're stupid."
        – John Wayne

        April 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
      • Pete

        @Patrick,that's why 150 countries but us have indictments for human rights violations against Bush,Cheney..These countries know who murderers are ,we only house Bush,Cheney here from them that's all..We're just as guilty as they not seeing what others do and you wonder why terrorists treat American prisoners that way,think about it bud!!

        April 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm |

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