Guantanamo Bay: Obama reiterates call to close prison in final plan to Congress | US news | The Guardian:
Obama seems to have forgotten that for most of the 15 years in which there have been no verdicts, he has been President. This is his failure more than anyone's. He promised to close it.
Obama, expressing frustration at what has been for seven years a futile battle, again implored Congress to “go ahead and close this chapter”, portraying Guantanamo as “counterproductive to our fight against terrorists”.
“For many years it’s been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our security,” said Obama in a White House press conference. “It undermines it.”
He added: “Fifteen years after [the September 11 attacks] we’re still having to defend a facility where not a single verdict has been reached in those attacks. Not a single one. When I first ran for president it was widely recognized that this facility needed to close ... There was bipartisan support to close it.”