On Monday, the White House shall announce the appointment of an envoy to close the Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility. Clifford Sloan, a Washington lawyer and a close confidant of US Secretary of State John Kerry, will have the assignment of overseeing the closure of the notorious detention facility. Media reports stated that Mr Sloan’s appointment would reopen the Office of Guantánamo Closure, closed in January 2013. In a statement disclosing the forthcoming appointment, Secretary of State Kerry said he was grateful for Mr Sloan’s “willingness to take on this challenge”. Amongst the issues Mr Sloan will address is the fate of low-level detainees from countries with security problems.
Now, there are 166 detainees at Guantánamo. 86 of them, including 56 from Yemen, are cleared for transfer providing certain conditions are met. In February, Guantánamo prisoners started a hunger strike protesting long-term illegal detention and abuse from prison guards. Last month, President Obama vowed again to close the prison. President Obama spoke about the closure of the notorious prison for the first time in 2009. Then, his efforts to transfer detainees to American prisons and to try some of the inmates in the civilian justice system stumbled over fierce resistance from both parties in Congress.
17 June 2013
Voice of Russia World Service
This is good news, indeed. It means that the Prez is ready to rumble with Know Nothing Republican chowderheads. What changed his mind? I dunno… nobody does. However, he’s doing the right thing, and that’s good enough for me. It’s time to end the lunatic “Global War on Terror“, in any case. It has no point, save to enrich the McMansion set. Does this mean that he’s given up on “bipartisanship?” God willing, it does. The Republicans are anti-patriotic greedsters who want to wreck the economy deliberately so that they can dismantle the New Deal. That’s the meat of the core, kids. They hate compassion… they hate cooperation… they love greed… they love money. Remember what the Church teaches, “The love of money is the root of all evil”… ‘nuff said.