President Barack Obama today repeated his call for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and delivered to Congress a plan to do so.
The blueprint comes seven years after Obama made an Oval Office vow to permanently shutter the prison for enemy combatants, but it faces objections from Republicans, who have already put in place legal obstacles to transferring Guantanamo detainees to U.S. prisons.
Obama said emptying the prison would move the country past what he described as a troubled era of wartime behavior.
“The plan we’re putting forward today isn’t just about closing the facility at Guantanamo. It’s not just about dealing with the current group of detainees, which is a complex piece of business because of the manner in which they were originally apprehended and what happened. This is about closing a chapter in our history,” he said during remarks at the White House.
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