Fifteen years have passed since the first prisoner arrived in Guantánamo Bay. Almost 800 men have passed through Guantánamo’s cells. Today, 41 men remain. Originally fashioned as an “island outside the law” where terrorism suspects could be detained without process and interrogated without restraint, Guantánamo has been a catastrophic failure on every front. It is long past time for this shameful episode in American history to be brought to a close.
Every branch of our government shares responsibility for Guantánamo’s ongoing damage to the human rights of detainees, our nation’s reputation, and national security. But the president and his agencies have the power to end indefinite detention and close Guantánamo the right way.