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Obama and Guantanamo

│Palestina Libération │ In his address before a joint session of Congress and millions of Americans watching on television, Obama put urgency behind his pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, saying, “With the Afghan war ending, this needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.”
Obama vowed during his 2008 presidential campaign to close the prison with his first year in office, but he never followed through on the pledge.
“Guantanamo will be closed no later than one year from now,” Obama declared as he signed an executive order in the Oval Office on the subject on the first full day of his presidency.
Over 150 detainees are imprisoned in the US-run detention center in Cuba, many of them without charge or trial for more than a decade. Last February, Guantanamo’s detainees began a hunger strike to protest against the harsh conditions of their incarceration.
During his address, Obama also renewed his threat to veto new sanctions on Iran if the anti-Iran bill passes Congress. 
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