In the March 20 Guantánamo editorial, It’s looking like forever, you write “no one can predict when, if ever, it will close.” But President Obama correctly said in his State of the Union address that 2014 should be the year that Guantánamo closes, and there is a clear pathway to do it. For 76 of the 154 detainees, no congressional action is required. They have been unanimously cleared for transfer by agencies responsible for our national security, and federal law provides sufficient flexibility to transfer them. Most of the remaining detainees are eligible for parole-style reviews that could clear, too.
It’s true that for Guantánamo to close, some detainees may need to be transferred to the United States. But Congress has irresponsibly barred this move. Congress should reverse course this year so that Guantánamo can close once and for all.
John D. Hutson, St. Augustine