New Gitmo Policies, Same as the Old Gitmo Policies?
Politico's top story today is titled, "Why the Gitmo policies may not change," with the main thesis that Obama's order to close the Guantánamo Bay detention center might not actually mean anything, at least for a long while.
For example, the order includes what some are calling an "escape
hatch," which might allow the CIA to continue with interrogation
techniques not prescribed in the Army Field Manuel. Also, since Obama
retained Bush's secretary of defense, Robert Gates, he'll be responsible
for reviewing the conditions at Gitmo. Will he find unacceptable things he allowed to happen under his watch? Politico
thinks not likely.
Of course, things aren't going to change overnight at the center.
Some of the practices that opponents deride may very well continue under
Obama's watch until the camp is closed down, and even afterward. Although Obama's order might indeed set change in motion, according to Politico, it could be a long time till prisoners feel those effects.
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