President Barack Obama on Tuesday presented a strategy to Congress to shut down the Guantanamo Bay military detention center in Cuba, a move he said will improve national security.
“In our fight against terrorists like al-Qaida and [Islamic State], we are using every element of our national power. Our military, intelligence, diplomacy, homeland security, law enforcement — federal, state and local — as well as the example of our ideals as a country that’s committed to universal values, including human law and human rights,” Obama said during an address on Tuesday.
“For many years it’s been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security. It undermines it. This is not just my opinion — this is the opinion of experts, this is the opinion of many in our military. It’s counterproductive to our fight against terrorists because they use it as propaganda in their efforts to recruit.” Obama said the United States spent $450 million in 2015 to operate Guantanamo Bay, with $200 million in “additional costs needed to keep it open going forward for less than 100 detainees.”......
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