Guantanamo, Cuba Prison Stays Open

By Circles Robinson

Scene from Havana.  Photo: Caridad
Street scene from Havana. Photo: Caridad

HAVANA TIMES, Dec. 24 – The prison camp set up by the US government at its Guantanamo Naval Base will continue operations into the second year of the Obama administration in January, and AP reported on Sunday that it may well survive into 2011.

The reason cited by the news service for the delay in closure is that “it will take months for the government to buy an Illinois prison and upgrade it to hold suspected terrorists.”

The prison, used to house hundreds of detainees arrested without charges, legal rights or a fair trial, is located on occupied Cuban territory at the pristine Guanatanamo Bay in the far eastern part of the country.

The US occupation against the will of the Cuban people and government would be an equivalent to a foreign country occupying Long Beach Harbor in Southern California.

President Obama has not addressed the issue of returning the territory to Cuba as demanded for decades by the Caribbean nation.