Even still, many U.S. officials continue to take the position that those being held at Guantánamo Bay are “the worst of the worst” terrorists, as Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) recently said, even as dozens of detainees await freedom after being cleared for release.
However, Ackerman notes, that sentiment is not shared among U.S. officials who are ‘in the know’:
President Barack Obama, who campaigned on a promise to close Guantánamo Bay during his first year in office, in July was reportedly in “the final stages” of planning to shut down the facility. But as Common Dreams reported earlier this month, the Pentagon has intervened in at least a few cases to prevent the release of a hunger-striking inmate and several detainees who have already been cleared to go home.
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