Does anyone recall when President Obama took office 3 years ago and promised to close Gitmo within a year - signed an order?
"January 22, 2009
President Obama signs the order requiring that the Guantanamo Bay facility be closed within a year.Promising to return America to the "moral high ground" in the war on terrorism, President Obama issued three executive orders Thursday to demonstrate a clean break from the Bush administration, including one requiring that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed within a year."
Not only is Gitmo still open now in 2012, but this was in the news yesterday. my bold
"When the authorities at Guantanamo Bay closed Camp 4, the open-air, communal-living facility here, and moved the detainees to an indoor facility called Camp 6, the inmates lost the small patch of dirt where they played soccer. Or, as they call it, football.
The competition, though, was not lost forever.
The Pentagon has said it is restoring the glorious game to Gitmo with a new 28,000-square-foot “super-rec” space that includes a field surrounded by a gravel track with shaded areas in the corners. Detainees will reach the field by walking through covered walkways that the military is calling “habitat trails” — rather like the tunnel to the pitch at, say, Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, but without the crowds.
The cost of the project: $744,000.
Officials here said the detainees had desperately missed their matches and boosting the morale of the inmates makes the job of the guard force easier. "
What happened to the small patch of dirt?