Close Gitmo? Not so fast. Let’s look at the timeline.
June 24, 2007: In a speech by Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, then a junior Illinois Senator. “We’re going to close Guantanamo. And we’re going to restore habeas corpus,” Obama says. “We’re going to lead by example—not just by word but by deed. That’s our vision for the future.”
January 22, 2009: Newly inaugurated President Obama signed an executive order to close the Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility within one year, January 22, 2010. He says the action is meant to “restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great even in the midst of war, even in dealing with terrorism.” In the summer of 2009, he grants a six-month extension to the Guantánamo closing commission.
Fast forward to 2012 and Gitmo is scheduled to receive a $40 million upgrade and renovation.
So much for political promises.