Barack Obama is taking steps to close Guantanamo. With the reopening of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, the high-security prison closing has become a more pressing issue. The Department of Defense sent engineers to the military installation in Kansas and South Caroline in order to verify it they have the possibility to receive some Guantanamo prisoners.
Barack Obama does not give up on Guantanamo. He has been active closing the high-security prison since his arrival to the White House in 2009 and before leaving the presidency he intends to keep the promise, despite the strong opposition of both republicans and numerous democrats. “There has to be a better way to spend contributors’ money, to spend 100 million dollars a year to manage a jail with 116 prisoners”, said his spokesperson, Josh Earnest, also asserting that leaving the prison operative means to “serve a tool for terrorists recruitment on a silver platter “
The prison was opened in the context of the fight against terrorism after September 11, 2001. Guantanamo has been at the center of reports of presumed abuses committed on prisoners, many of whom were subject to harsh interrogation techniques, including waterboarding. Along the years its population has decreased. This year 11 prisoners were transferred to their countries of origin or in other countries ready to accept them. But there are still many obstacles to close it.