Analysis

Four Reasons Why Obama Won’t Close Guantanamo
Guantanamo detainees jog inside a recreation yard at Camp 6 in the Guantanamo detention center on March 30, 2010 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
May 1, 2013
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
President Barack Obama renewed his vow this week to close the Guantanamo Bay prison where about 166 terrorist suspects captured during the Bush administration from Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries are still being held. But LIGNET has identified four reasons the president will be unable to keep this vow and will be forced to keep Guantanamo Bay open.
Obama this week renewed a vow he made shortly after he became president to close the Guantanamo Bay prison where about 166 terrorist suspects captured during the Bush administration from Afghanistan, Iraq, and other areas are still being held. Obama made his recent statement about Guantanamo due to new controversy over the prison because of a hunger strike being conducted by about 100 inmates since February. Efforts to force-feed some of these inmates have led to complaints by human rights groups and the American Medical Association.
 
There also has been a rash of violence and disobedience by prisoners against Guantánamo guards since January. 
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