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Five Steps to Close Guantanamo

After more than six years of constant controversy, it really does look as if Guantánamo's days as a prison camp are numbered. The Supreme Court's recent decision in Boumediene v Bush further narrowed any legal distinction between holding the detainees at Guantánamo or within the territorial boundaries of the United States. That—combined with both presidential candidates' pledge to close Guantánamo—means we can now definitively say we have reached the beginning of the end.

After more than six years of constant controversy, it really does look as if Guantánamo’s days as a prison camp are numbered. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Boumediene v Bush further narrowed any legal distinction between holding the detainees at Guantánamo or within the territorial boundaries of the United States. That—combined with both presidential candidates’ pledge to close Guantánamo—means we can now definitively say we have reached the beginning of the end.

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Ken Gude

Senior Fellow

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