Obama: Guantanamo Prison Undermines National Security

CCAB71CC-6F08-412D-9FD7-DAC6DDF8A5DB_w640_h360{VOA NEWS) – U.S. President Barack Obama outlined his administration’s plan for closing military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying the facility “does not advance our national security, it undermines it.”

“If, as a nation, we don’t deal with this now, when will we deal with it?”  Obama asked at the White House, after the U.S. Defense Department delivered the plan Tuesday to Congress. He appealed to Congress to be “on the right side of history” and asked that the nation act on the “lessons” learned over the past 15 years.

Republicans have already criticized the Pentagon’s proposal.

“Congress has left no room for confusion. It is against the law—and it will stay against the law—to transfer terrorist detainees to American soil,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said. “We will not jeopardize our national security over a campaign promise.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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