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Obama's Guantanamo policy reignites US national security debate | World | Deutsche Welle | 22.05.2009
The US president says he will not release Guantanamo detainees who still pose a threat to national security. But - with Europeans hesitant to step in - the White House is under increasing pressure to find a solution.  

The US president's order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison by January 2010 was hailed by Democrats, Republicans, civil-rights groups and the European Union, but has since encountered stiff opposition from all sides on the question of what to do with the remaining 240 detainees.

In a speech at the National Archives in Washington, Obama accused Congress of using fear as a political tactic in voting to block the transfer of any of the detainees to prisons on US soil.

"I've heard words that are calculated to scare people rather than educate them - words that have more to do with politics than protecting our country," Obama said on Thursday, May 21.

by Fran on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 01:59:27 PM EST
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