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    I Opened the Detention Facility at Guantanamo. It’s Time to Close It

    I Opened the Detention Facility at Guantanamo. It’s Time to Close It

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    This month marks 20 years since I, as a newly minted marine brigadier general, watched from the bridge of an Air Force C-17 as we began our approach toward the Guantánamo Naval Station Airfield. Our mission was to set up a detention facility for prisoners captured in ; we were tasked with preparing to secure at least 100 prisoners within 96 hours.

    The mission's duration was to be 60 days, at which time we would be relieved by an -led Task Force. No one expected the detention facility to be around more than a year. Twenty years and four administrations later, it is time to finally shut down the facility.

    Though Guantánamo has long been used by U.S. administrations to house  migrants until their situations could be sorted out, the decision to use it as a detention facility for Islamic terrorists was hurried and ignored longstanding U.S and international norms for handling prisoners.

    The American people were angry and afraid, and the Bush administration was responding to political pressure to “do something” when the temporary holding facility in Afghanistan was reaching capacity with captured fighters. Some of those held were Afghan, but many…

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