President Barack Obama signs an executive order closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay. (Associated Press)
Today, President Obama signed an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, review military war crimes trials and ban the harshest interrogation methods.
The order also begins a public relations campaign to repair years of damage done by the previous administration by using torture on terror suspects.
An estimated 245 men are being held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, most of whom have been detained for years without being charged with a crime. The base will close within a year.
After GITMO is shut down, Obama administration will have some sticky issues it has to resolve. Where should they put those detainees? Should they send them back to their home countries or send them to other federal detention centers. Another issue is, how to prosecute some of them for war crimes?
The most important issue that will be resolved is that many of these men weren’t soldiers representing a nation. These individuals are nothing more than thugs.
Treat them as such by putting them in front of a federal judge and have their case heard. Those who don’t have enough evidence to go to trial should be sent back to their home countries.
It’s about time these prisoners will be called exactly what they are, criminals!