Thursday, June 13, 2013

US to close its Cuban prison?

A group of retired admirals and generals who have advocated the closure of the Guantanamo prison met with National Security Council officials Tuesday to discuss the administration’s plans to shut the facility. The group included many of the retired officers who stood behind President Barack Obama on January 9, 2009, when he signed the executive order to close Guantanamo. The group met with Avril Haines, the legal adviser to the National Security Council, and other members of the White House staff. Retired Rear Adm. John Hutson, a former top Navy lawyer and a member of the Human Rights First board of directors, said the retired officers urged the officials to be more aggressive with efforts to close the prison than they were in the first term. “I said every day Guantanamo is open is another day of stain on American reputation and undermining our security. And a day closer to the end of the Obama administration,” he recounted. “We’ve got to move.” Adm. Hutson will appear Wednesday at a panel discussion organized by Human Rights First at the Navy Memorial Museum to examine the steps the administration should take make good on Mr. Obama’s pledge last month to make a renewed effort to close the prison. (source:

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