Closing Arguments: Obama’s Gitmo Goodbye

By David Schoetz

Jan 22, 2009 11:51pm

It’s only Day 2 of Barack Obama’s administration — and already the new president is undoing one of the most controversial symbols of his predecessor’s eight years in office. The Guantanamo Bay prison camp was established by the Bush administration after Sept. 11 to hold and interrogate alleged terrorists. Today, President Obama ordered the camp closed within a year — a decision in line with an inaugural address in which he said that our security will emanate from humility, restraint and the justness of our cause. Some have already pushed back, wondering exactly where the 248 alleged terrorists at Gitmo will end up after the facility on Cuba is gone and worrying about the message the move will send the international community. So tonight, we ask: Do you agree with President Obama’s decision to close the military prison? Tell us what you think.

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