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UNDER protest, President Barack Obama has signed a huge defence bill that effectively blocks his bid to close Guantanamo Bay.
But the president vowed to repeal the curbs on one of his top national security goals.
Mr Obama could have chosen to veto the legislation, but said he had decided to sign it despite his strong disagreement over the provisions on the camp for terror suspects in Cuba, as it was vital to funding US wars abroad in 2011.
Originally posted by kevinunknown
I recall reading a article not so long ago explaining why Gitmo was so difficult to close down. The reason is not a lack of will on Obama’s side, although this is damaging to the president as he has failed. The reasons were numerous such as the home states of terrorists refusing to let such dangerous men into the country or not being able to extradite a terrorist because his home country would torture him. Then there was the problem of the Republicans blocking moves to have the Gitmo prisoners moved to high security prisons in America.
He did manage to get rid of a few of them, but it was always going to be a difficult task to have the camp permanently closed. Still you can’t fault the man for trying.