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One Case Down, Guantanamo Still Far From Closing

NPR reports on January 29, in an article entitled "One Case Down, Guantanamo Still Far From Closing," that conspicuously absent from the President's State of the Union address was no renewed pledge to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Reports NPR:

"Closing Guantanamo has turned out to be much more complicated than the administration thought it would be," said Matthew Waxman, a law professor at Columbia University who advised the Bush administration on Guantanamo. "It was easier to campaign on. And now they realize there are some really bad individuals down there that no one knows how to deal with."

In December, Congress passed a law that effectively bans the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. effectively thwarting any further civilian trials. The law is in force until the end of the fiscal year in September. Thus, there are nearly 175 detainees in Guantanamo awaiting a trial. 

In the coming weeks, President Obama is also expected to sign an executive order that sets up a review process for Guantanamo detainees. Reports NPR, "On the one hand, there will be a process by which detainees can object to their confinement, but on the other hand, the review will essentially codify indefinite detention."

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