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Trump to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 31 January, 2018, 09:35

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order on Tuesday to keep open the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay after his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, tried unsuccessfully to close the prison that has drawn worldwide condemnation.

Obama made closing the Guantanamo Bay prison one his first and highest priorities as president, but he was not able to achieve that signature goal.

That would allow time for the ACLU to mount a legal challenge.

"I just signed, prior to walking in, an order directing (Defense) Secretary (Jim) Mattis.to re-examine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay", Trump said.

"This is a step backwards - Guantanamo was shown to be a shameful mistake long ago and needs to be closed", the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted last week after Politico first reported on a draft State Department cable previewing the decision. "Terrorists are not merely criminals".

President George W. Bush opened Guantanamo after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States in order to hold and interrogate suspected enemy combatants.

"In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of risky terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield". The president specially referred to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who spent time in a US -run detention facility in Iraq, before his release and rise to power. Transferring an ISIS fighter to the base would nearly certainly invite immediate legal challenges. But his efforts were stymied by Congress.

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Some were cleared for release under Obama, but have been stranded at Guantanamo under the Trump administration.

Hundreds were transferred away from the facility during the Obama era. "I worked to find a way to close the prison without compromising security", Bush wrote in his memoir.

When Obama left office, eight years after signing the order, there were still 41 prisoners at Guantanamo.

During the campaign, Trump endorsed keeping the prison open saying, "We're gonna load it up with some bad dudes, believe me, we're gonna load it up".

In the wake of 9/11 attacks, Washington opened a detention center for terror suspects at the military base at Guantanamo Bay.

He has the backing of a vocal group of prominent Republicans, including Sens.

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