Should Guantanamo be closed?

President Obama promised the prison would be closed by January 2010 but now he faces complications to his plans as the senate refused the 80 million dollars needed to close the facility. The argument being that the American people do not want the prisoners to be transferred to United States soil.

Now it seems both the US administration and the Guantanamo detainees are prisoners of a situation from which both need an escape. While the US administration is face with the judicial wrangling concerning the closure of Guantanamo, the detainees are faced with uncertain future, especially if they are deported to their countries of origins or if there is no country accepting to receive them, including their own.

The US can strike a deal with Venezuela President Hugo Shavez who offered to receive Guantanamo detainees.

The prisoners should be transferred to their countries of birth and be given a fair trial under the auspices of international observers. Keeping them in Guantanamo will continue to raise controversies. After all, the Moroccans released from Guantanamo so far have been tried in Morocco. Some were acquitted, others recaptured after their acquittal.

Whatever, the Guantanamo prison, when it is evicted of its detainees, should be kept as a memorial for the generations to come for them to make an assessment of the imprisonment conditions there. It should remain a symbol of cross-border terrorism , cross-border imprisonment and cross-border (mis)carriage of justice.

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