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December 16, 2014

How To Close Guantanamo

As President Obama said in a 2013 speech at the National Defense University, Guantanamo “has become a symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law.” The detention facility was designed to operate as a legal black hole where detainees were prevented from challenging their detention, stripped of their protections under the Geneva Conventions, and subjected to torture and other abuses. As more than three dozen of the nation’s most respected retired generals and admirals said earlier this year, “Keeping the prison at Guantanamo open undermines American laws and values, and harms—not enhances—our national security.”

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