Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald: What will President Trump do with Guantánamo?
Will President Donald Trump put pen to paper on Inauguration Day and declare the Guantánamo Bay prison Barack Obama couldn’t close officially open for business? Will he order his Secretary of Defense to start searching the globe for “some bad dudes” to put there?
Today, 20 of the last 60 war-on-terror prisoners are cleared for release, all sent to the remote base in southeast Cuba during the presidency of George W. Bush. The Obama administration is still actively pursuing places to send them with security assurances that satisfy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.
But a former Bush-era official responsible for detainee policy at the Pentagon, Cully Stimson, predicts the transfers will stop the day Trump takes office, Jan. 20, just two days shy of eight years after Obama ordered his administration to shut down the detention center at Guantánamo Bay.
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WNU Editor: The only thing that we know for sure is that he is not going to close the prison Guantanamo. As to the current prison population .... and future use of the facilities .... what comes next is unknown.