The massive US government spending bill with a provision that bans the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners to the United States underscores efforts to “cover up the absolute failures” of the so-called war on terror, says a journalist and political analyst in Detroit.
On Friday, President Barack Obama signed the $1.1 trillion spending bill that, among other controversial measures, includes a provision that blocks the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to US soil.
After signing the bill, Obama said, “There’s some things in there that I don’t like, but that’s the nature of legislation and compromise, and I think the system worked.”
The signing of the legislation marked the latest setback to closing the Guantanamo prison, a top campaign promise of Obama in 2008 and one of his first executive orders when he took office in January 2009.
“This is an attempt to cover up the absolute failure of the so-called war on terrorism,” Abayomi Azikiwe, editor at the Pan-African News Wire, told Press TV on Saturday.
“In banning [the transfer] of these prisoners, they are in fact trying to conceal their own shortcomings in this regard,” he said.
“There is no justification for the continuation of the remaining inmates to be held by the United States. None of them have been even tried by military tribunal to prove their innocence or guilt,” he explained.
The US currently holds 107 prisoners at Guantanamo-- down from 775 detainees arrested in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Some 48 inmates have been cleared for release but are languishing in the prison which has become synonymous with prisoner abuse and torture.
The Pentagon estimates that it would cost about $600 million to close the prison at Guantanamo.