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NACDL News: Criminal Defense Bar Applauds Administration’s Efforts to Close Guantánamo, but Says Framework Falls Short

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier

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On Feb. 23, 2016, the Obama administration released what it says is a “Plan for Closing the Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility.” While that plan contains serious deficiencies, the administration is to be commended for continuing its effort to at long last shutter the detention facility. Of particular note are the provisions that would facilitate the transfer of those detainees who have been cleared and speed up the pace of the review of the remaining candidates for transfer.

“While NACDL welcomes this effort to close the facility, unfortunately this proposal envisions both flawed Military Commissions as well as the practice of indefinite detention without charge on U.S. soil. The continuation of either, anywhere is simply unacceptable,” said NACDL President E.G. “Gerry” Morris. “NACDL has long maintained that the facility, the commissions, and the practice of indefinite detention without charge are stains on the U.S. Constitution. They should be immediately discontinued.

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