For nearly three months, dozens of detainees at Guantánamo have been on a hunger strike, trying to gain sympathy in their quest for freedom. Many of the men have been cleared for release for years, but are still there.
When reporters asked Pres. Obama about the hunger strike on Wednesday, he once again said it should be closed and pushed Congress to take action. "I think it is critical for us to understand that Guantanamo is not necessary to keep America safe. It is expensive. It is inefficient. It hurts us, in terms of our international standing. It lessens cooperation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts. It is a recruitment tool for extremists. It needs to be closed," the president said.
Supporters of Guantanamo disagree and point out that dozens of men set free have returned to terrorism.
The hunger strike and whether the facility, open since 2002, should be shut down were discussed during last night’s special edition of 360 with Christiane Amanpour, Jeffery Toobin, Amy Holmes, Anthony Bourdain and former federal prosecutor and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Watch the video to see part of the debate. And, here’s the AC360 411 on Guantánamo Bay:
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