U.S. President George Bush has decided not to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison and has never considered options to transfer its detainees.
Despite his stated desire to close the military prison camp where the United States houses suspected terrorists and “illegal enemy combatants,” Bush hasn’t given any consideration to options drawn up by State Department and U.S. Defense Department officials to do so, unnamed senior administration officials told The New York Times.
A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June found that the 250 detainees at Guantanamo have the right to make habeas corpus appeals, undercutting a core rationale for keeping the prison off U.S. soil. The ruling raised hopes it would spur Bush to close the facility, where human rights advocates say the United States has engaged in torture and other prisoner abuses banned by the Geneva Conventions.
Simple as ever. As many times that Bush publicly stated his goal was to close Gitmo, he lied.