I know that wasn't a very mature or eloquent response expressed in the headline, but it was necessary to get out:
Bush Chooses to Keep Guantánamo Open, Officials Say
--Stephen Lee Myers
WASHINGTON: Despite his stated desire to close the U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, President George W. Bush has decided not to do so, and never considered proposals drafted in the State Department and the Pentagon that outlined options for transferring the detainees elsewhere, according to senior administration officials.
Bush's top advisers held a series of meetings at the White House over the summer after a Supreme Court ruling in June cast doubt on the future of the American detention center. But Bush adopted the view of his most hawkish advisers that closing Guantánamo would involve too many legal and political risks to be acceptable, now or anytime soon, they said.
Click here to read the full text of the International Herald Tribune article. Both the McCain & Obama camps have declined to comment on this news as of today, but their stances thus far on Gitmo are displayed below:
McCain has suggested moving the detainees to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, home of the U.S. Army's prison. His remarks prompted a public letter in June from the two Republican senators from Kansas, Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, objecting to the idea on a variety of grounds, mostly involving security. McCain's campaign did not respond to repeated requests for comments about plans for Guantánamo.
Obama's declined to comment specifically, but his platform promises to abolish military tribunals and conduct a review to determine which prisoners to prosecute, which to hold under the laws of war and which to release. His proposal does not specify where detainees would be held before or after that review.
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