Two presidents have called for Guantanamo Bay Prison's closure to
preserve the safety of the United States, and yet today, nine years after the first
load of prisoners arrived there, 173 prisoners remain. Only 5 percent
were captured by U.S. forces on a battlefield. Most of the others were
sold by foreign forces to the U.S. military in exchange for bounties
of up to $5,000. Only five of the nearly 800 men who have ever been
held there have been convicted or pled guilty in a military commission
or a court trial.