Close Guantánamo

Time President Obama has left to close Guantánamo:

11 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours 5 min 58 sec

Prisoners remaining:


To close Guantánamo the right way:

  • The president must order his administration to carry out his renewed commitment to end indefinite detention and close the Guantánamo prison.
  • The president should, without delay, require the Secretary of Defense to use existing certification and waiver procedures to promptly repatriate and resettle abroad all prisoners who have been cleared for release. He should also require the Department of State to accelerate efforts to secure transfer abroad.
  • The president must order the Secretary of Defense to expedite the Periodic Review Board process to determine whether the continued imprisonment of un-cleared detainees is justified. The president should suspend the failing military commissions, and the executive branch should transfer to federal court any detainee it seeks to prosecute, if there is untainted evidence against him.
  • The Departments of Defense and Justice should not contest habeas corpus challenges brought by detainees who are not prosecuted. Federal court judges should then promptly order these detainees’ release so they can be repatriated and resettled abroad.
  • The Department of Justice should enter into plea negotiations with detainees willing to plead guilty in federal court.

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