By Frank Gormlie
It’s time that the U.S. give “Gitmo” – or the Guantanamo Bay prison – back to the Cubans.
It’s time to end a shameful period of our history and close down the military prison on the coastal edge of another sovereign country. It’s time that we hand Guantanamo Bay in Cuba – which we’ve held for over a hundred years – since 1903 – back to its rightful owners.
Today the population at Guantanamo is 116, a definite drop from the 242 detainees who were imprisoned when President Obama first took office. It still costs a reported $2.7 million per prisoner to house a Gitmo detainee. And over the last 13 years, the bill to keep open the place that Amnesty International called the “Gulag of our times”has been $4.7 billion.
There is no longer any reason to retain this chamber of horrors that tortured and abused people in our name, and which begot a human rights disaster. [Read more…]