The president and former vice president chime in on the Guantanamo debate Thursday.
Wired PR News – In a speech Thursday at the National Archives, President Barack Obama, accused his political opponents of “fear mongering” over plans to close the Guantanamo prison. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Obama said maximum security U.S. prisons were capable of safely housing the transferred dangerous terror suspects.
As noted in the report, although he did not provide all of the details lawmakers, including democrats, demanded regarding the closing, the President promised to work with lawmakers to develop what he is quoted as calling “an appropriate legal regime for those who can’t be tried and are too dangerous to be released.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney spoke one minute after Obama’s speech and defended the Bush administration’s creation of the Guantanamo prison camp, and is quoted as calling Obama’s decision to close the camp “Unwise and extreme and recklessness cloaked in righteousness.” Cheney further accused the president of endangering the country.
As noted by the AP, under Obama’s plan, some of the 240 prisoners housed at the camp would be released back to their own countries, some transferred to other countries, and some tried either in federal court or military tribunals. Obama admitted that some of the prisoners would end up in the U.S., but is quoted by the AP as stating, “Nobody has ever escaped from one of our supermax prisons which holds hundreds of convicted terrorists.”
Obama’s decision to speak was reportedly made last week after word got out that Cheney planned to speak and denounce Obama’s decision to close the prison camp.
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