Herridge: Despite Obama's Promise, Guantanamo Bay Remains Open
Five of the most notorious prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, including accused 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, are going before a military commission this week.
This happens as President Obama continues his campaign vow to close the detention facility.
Military officials, however, have said privately that the trials are likely to continue on the island anyway, and they're skeptical that the camp will ever actually be shut down.
Catherine Herridge reported from Guantanamo Bay on "America's News Headquarters" today.
Herridge said that six years into the administration's promise to close the facility, they have successfully lowered the population from 242 to 122, with 50 detainees cleared for release.
She added that everyone left in the camps has some connection to Al Qaeda or the Taliban.
Herridge also reported that there have been complaints from some of the detainees about female guards for religious reasons, which has led to them being replaced by males.
There are now two gender discrimination complaints from female guards at the base to the judge who let those blocks go forward.
"The bottom line is that though the administration has said it intends to close these camps by the end of the second term, when you speak to people here at the base privately, what they'll tell you is that nothing is being laid, no foundation, to move these military commissions from the base to a U.S. base, and they fully expect that these trials will continue to go forward, even if the camps are ultimately closed," Herridge said.
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