Podcast: Why closing Gitmo isn’t an open-and-shut case

February 26, 2016

President Barack Obama laid out a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison this week, where terror suspects are being held indefinitely. The 21 page document he sent to Congress calls for the transfer, imprisonment and trial by military commission of the remaining 91 detainees.

“For many years it’s been clear that the detention center at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security,” Obama said during a press conference following the plan’s release. “It undermines it.”

Even if it were to close by the time Obama leaves office, the prison will have been open for 15 years. So, why is the prison still open, and what would it take to close it? And is closing it really that important?

This week on War College, we talk to Reuters’ own David Rohde. He’s written extensively about Guantanamo and he also knows captivity from the other side, as a prisoner of the Taliban for seven months in 2008.

PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, David Rohde
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