Gitmo Turns 10, Closure Hopes Fade
Suleiman al-Nahdi and dozens of other prisoners wait in a permanent state of limbo five years after he was cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay, The Associated Press reported.
“I wonder if the U.S. government wants to keep us here forever,” the 37-year-old Nahdi recently wrote in a letter to his legal representatives.
The prison turned 10 years old on January 11, and Gitmo appears more established than ever, the AP reported. The original deadline set by President Barack Obama to close Guantanamo Bay came and went two years ago and no detainee has left in a year due to restrictions placed on transfers.
“They would like to send a message that the prisoners of Guantanamo still reject the injustice of their imprisonment,” Ramzi Kassem, a law professor at the City University of New York, told the news outlet.
TIME Magazine reported that 36 of the 171 prisoners at Gitmo await trial for war crimes, but the other 135 detainees are being held due ot the fact that they are allegedly dangerous.
Special To Personal Liberty You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.
Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Gitmo Turns 10, Closure Hopes Fade”
Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.
Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at email@example.com