Guantanamo Legacy: A Decade of Detentions
Statement of Lisa M. Wayne, President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers:
January 11, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Nearly three years after President Obama’s executive order to close the facility within one year, it remains open. 171 men are detained there, even though nearly half of them have been cleared for release by both the Bush and Obama administrations. On this anniversary, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers continues the fight to ensure fair justice and due process for all of the detainees held there and to, one day, close Guantanamo.