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Closing Guantanamo Remains National Security Priority as 8th Anniversary Approaches
In a statement issued today, Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino notes:
"Closing the Guantánamo detention facility is a necessary and important step toward strengthening counterterrorism efforts and rebuilding the United States' standing as a nation committed to the rule of law.
"Though efforts to close the Guantánamo detention facility have faced a number of political obstacles during the past year, we welcome President Obama's continued commitment to shutter the facility quickly and safely.
"The Obama Administration should work closely with Yemeni officials to address current security concerns and to minimize potential risk before reinstating transfers there. With all transfers the administration can and should take steps to mitigate risk by focusing on expanding risk assessment efforts, monitoring, and other security programs, including allotting sufficient resources to successfully reintegrate former detainees into society.
"To fully restore the rule of law and rebuild strained relationships with foreign allies, the Administration must also commit to driving the number of detainees held without charge down to zero and to pursuing timely federal criminal prosecutions of those alleged terrorists who remain at Guantánamo."
"The day the Bush administration decided to use Guantánamo as a means to put prisoners beyond the law, it handed America's terrorist enemies a powerful recruiting tool which they have used successfully to lure fighters to their cause. Every day the facility stays open is a gift to al Qaeda's propaganda machine. We support the President's continued commitment to eliminating this national security liability and restoring America's reputation by closing Guantánamo."