Saturday, December 26, 2009

Guantanamo prison not closing yet

This is what happens when candidates make unrealistic promises:

The prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may not close until 2011 because of anticipated appropriation struggles in Congress, the need to change federal law and construction time to upgrade an Illinois facility to hold detainees.

The Thomson Correctional Center may not be purchased from the state until March and will need up to 10 months of construction . . .

Congress must appropriate the money for the takeover and construction, and lawmakers wary of moving detainees to the United States could balk at approving the funds. In the Senate, there always is a chance of delaying tactics by senators that could hold up the money for months.

President Obama originally said Guantanamo would close next Jan. 22.

Obama promised to close the prison within one year, not because he could do it, or because it was the right thing to do, but to get votes.

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