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NACDL News: NACDL Blasts Administration’s ‘Retrograde’ Guantánamo Plan

By Ivan J. Dominguez, Alexandra Funk, and Ian Nawalinski

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On Jan. 30, 2018, the Trump administration formally rescinded President Obama’s 2009 directive to close the detention facility at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The practical effect of this action is that, for the foreseeable future, the military detention facility — at which there remain 41 detainees, the majority of whom have never even been charged with any offense, and some of whom actually have been cleared for transfer — shall remain open. Overall, roughly 780 people have been detained at this facility since 2002. 

“For 16 years now, we have watched in horror as the conditions of detention and the sham of a criminal justice process — all at the hands of the U.S. government — have shocked the consciences of people the world over,” said NACDL President Rick Jones. “The administration’s retrograde plan, appearing to reinvigorate the long-ago discredited enterprise at Guantánamo, is profoundly dispiriting. There’s absolutely nothing ‘Great Again’ abo

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