The current 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would make closing Guantanamo even more difficult. Vetoing this bill may be President Obama’s last chance to take action.
We know the necessary steps to close Guantanamo, but time is running out. If President Obama doesn’t veto the defense authorization bill, it will be nearly impossible to transfer detainees to secure facilities in the United States and more difficult to transfer them to other countries, including the 53 detainees currently cleared for release.
It is imperative that President Obama veto the defense authorization bill and follow through on his commitment to close Guantanamo.
President Obama is at a crucial crossroads. Will he veto the bill and finally close Guantanamo, or allow it to forever be a stain on his legacy?
Senior Counsel, Defense & Intelligence
Human Rights First