Earlier this morning, the White House presented Congress with their plans to finally shut down Guantanamo Bay once and for all.
There are currently 91 detainees at Guantanamo Bay and the plan is to either move these terror suspects back to their own country or to move them to maximum security prisons across the nation.
It currently costs approximately $445 million to run this facility and since President Obama has taken office, he has been continuously blocked in his initiatives to finally close this “prison” down.
For those of you who may not be aware of this, Guantanamo Bay is a military detention center that is located off the harbor of Cuba that is currently controlled by the United States. This detention center has been the subject of much debate for quite some time now. It was rumored that the detainees were prisoners that the U.S. forces had captured while in Afghanistan and Iraq but we now know that to be false. Many of these prisoners were captured by their respective armed forces and traded to us for undisclosed bounty prices.
By shutting down Guantanamo Bay, or GTMO, as it is often called, $180 million dollars would be saved and could be allocated to other places of need… say our armed forces? (Sarcasm).
While I am hopeful that President Obama will finally be able to complete the last of his unfulfilled promises during his time in office, I just cannot see Congress not blocking him once again.