Sunday May 19, 2013
Democrats Make Sure Gitmo Stays OpenMichael Munk Salem-News.com
Oregon's Ron Wyden did not vote in favor of keeping 'Gitmo' open.
(PORTLAND, OR) - As Wikipedia states, the Guantánamo Bay detention camp is a controversial detainment and interrogation facility of the United States military located within Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.
It was established in 2002 by the Bush Administration to hold detainees believed to be connected with the war in Afghanistan and later Iraq.
On January 22, 2009, President Barack Obama signed an order to suspend the proceedings of the Guantanamo military commission for 120 days and that the detention facility would be shut down within the year.
The facility is operated by the Joint Task Force Guantánamo (JTF-GTMO) of the United States government in Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, which is on the shore of Guantánamo Bay. The detainment areas consist of three camps: Camp Delta (which includes Camp Echo), Camp Iguana, and Camp X-Ray, but Camp X-Ray has been closed.
The facility is often referred to as Guantánamo, G-Bay or Gitmo, after GTMO, the military abbreviation for the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.
The nominally Democratic (but far right in fact) Senate voted 51-45-5 to prevent closing of the illegal Guantánamo prison in Cuba.
That majority the following 10 Dems (+ 2 no voters):
Rockefeller (W. VA) and Wyden (OR) did not vote
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