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Expanding Guantanamo

by Stephen Lendman

Guantanamo to remain open.

In 2008, candidate Obama promised to close Guantanamo. Straightaway as president, he issued Executive Order titled "Review and Disposition of Individuals Detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Closure of Detention Facilities."

Sec. 3 states: "Closure of Detention Facilities at Guantanamo. The detention facilities at Guantanamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order." 

"If any individuals covered by this order remain, they shall be returned to their home country, released, transferred to a third country, or transferred to another United States detention facility in a manner consistent with law and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States."

Obama ordered an "immediate review of all" detainees within 30 days. 

He halted all proceedings in the "United States Court of Military Commission Review to which charges have been referred but in which no judgment has been rendered."

He mandated "humane standards of confinement" be observed in accordance with international humanitarian laws. 

He stressed Geneva Common Article 3 provisions.

They prohibit:

  • "violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;

  • outrages of personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment;"

  • carrying out sentences or executions "without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples;" and

  • caring for wounded and sick detainees.

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