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Tear It Down? Whistleblower Says Time to Bulldoze Gitmo

Complete video at: Guantanamo whistleblower Stephen Abraham defends the White House's proposal to move Gitmo detainees to the Thomson Correctional Facility in rural northwestern Illinois and calls for a public demolition of the Guantanamo Bay detainment facility. "It's not something we should do subtly," he says. ----- January 22, 2010 marks President Obama's self-imposed deadline for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which he set by Executive Order one year earlier, on his second day in office. This discussion examines the obstacles that are preventing President Obama from fulfilling his promise, when and how Guantanamo is likely to close, and the impact of the attempted Christmas Day airline bombing on the politics of closing the detention facility. The discussion also illuminates why it is essential that America comply with the rule of law as it continues its efforts to close Guantanamo. - Open Society Institute Stephen Abraham is an American lawyer and officer in the United States Army Reserve. He is notable because he is the first officer who served with the Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants to publicly criticize the operations of the Combatant Status Review Tribunals. His affidavit was key to the United States Supreme Court decision to hear petitions from Guantanamo detainees regarding their detention, and the subsequent decision (Boumediene v. Bush, 2008) that Guantanamo detainees have Habeas rights.
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