Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/3/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

U.S. President declares prison as inefficient and 'should be closed'

The foreboding prison of Guantanamo, set aside specifically for suspected terrorists, according to U.S. President Barack Obama now says "needs to be closed." Furthermore, the president declares that "I think it is critical for us to understand that Guantanamo is not necessary to keep America safe . It is expensive. It is inefficient. It hurts us in terms of our international standing. It lessens co-operation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts." These remarks are intriguing, coming so soon after the terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon. 

Five of the prisoners in the hunger strike have since been hospitalized, and 21 are reportedly being force-fed in a procedure which the American Medical Association has denounced as a violation of the profession's 'core ethical values.'

Five of the prisoners in the hunger strike have since been hospitalized, and 21 are reportedly being force-fed in a procedure which the American Medical Association has denounced as a violation of the profession's "core ethical values."

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/3/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama, terrorists, release, hunger strikes


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At least 100 Guantanamo detainees are now participating in a three-month-old hunger strike. The Navy has sent some 40 additional medical personnel there to deal with the spreading strike.

Five of the prisoners in the hunger strike have since been hospitalized, and 21 are reportedly being force-fed in a procedure which the American Medical Association has denounced as a violation of the profession's "core ethical values."  Obama says that he supported these measures. "I don't want these individuals to die," he said.
 
In the meantime, the president reiterated his denunciations of the facility and blamed Congress for preventing its closure.

Obama has asked his staff "to review everything that's currently being done in Guantanamo, everything that we can do administratively," while speaking at a White House news conference. The president plans to "re-engage with Congress to make the case that this is not something that's in the best interest of the American people. And it's not sustainable."

Attorneys for detainees and human rights groups stress that Obama could take a series of steps without Congress to improve the situation, notably by repatriating more than half of the remaining 166 detainees.

"Congress is certainly responsible for imposing unprecedented restrictions on detainee transfers, but President Obama still has the power to transfer men right now," the Center for Constitutional Rights said in a statement.

"He should use the certification/waiver process created by Congress to transfer detainees, starting with the 86 men who have been cleared for release," the New York-based group said.

The secretary of defense, under a law that went into effect last year, may order detainees returned to their homelands or to third countries -- if he certifies on a case-by-case basis that they will pose no future threat to US national security.

Eighty-six prisoners, including 56 Yemenis, have been cleared for release by Pentagon review boards to date, but the administration has not yet certified them, apparently due to fears that that if any of them are subsequently implicated in anti-U.S. terrorist activity, the political backlash could be too costly.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Americas

First U.S. Hispanic Saint: Pope Francis to canonize Junipero Serra during U.S. visit Watch

Image of Father Junipero Serra's canonization will

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis and the Vatican have announced plans to canonize the Blessed Junipero Serra during the Pope's visit to the United States on September 23. Serra will become the United States' first Hispanic saint. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Often times, the ... continue reading


Canadian couple takes to amazing floating fortress to get away from it all Watch

Image of Located off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia, Freedom Cove was built in 1992. The couple, who have two children, live in the home year round.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Wayne Adams and Catherine King  are an unconventional Canadian couple who have forsaken the bustle of city life with their floating fortress that they've named "Freedom Cove." Off the grid and self-sustaining, the pink and green floating home is a welcome respite ... continue reading


New species of prehistoric 'terror bird' found in Argentina Watch

Image of Researchers say that the Llallawavis likely lived around 3.5 million years ago, near the end of terror birds' reign. It stood about four feet tall and weighed about 40 pounds.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Birds, it is commonly believed, evolved from dinosaurs. However, between now and then, some horrific, carnivorous birds ruled the prehistoric world with an iron claw. A new species of "terror bird" has been uncovered in Argentina; paleontologists are gaining ... continue reading


Dozens of mummies uncovered in Peru's Cotahuasi Valley Watch

Image of Finding the reasons behind the selective destruction of the mummies and artifacts is a challenge.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Tombs, containing at least 40 mummies each have been discovered in Peru's Cotahuasi Valley. Archaeologists say that at least 171 mummies have been unearthed at the 1,200-year-old ceremonial site. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Located on small hills ... continue reading


Underground tunnel between U.S. and Mexico found hidden in wardrobe Watch

Image of When soldiers raided the property, they also reportedly seized 44 pounds of marijuana and a truck being used by the racket to move the excavated earth.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An average wooden wardrobe near San Diego served a far more sinister purpose. Concealed within its doors was a small trapdoor that led to a secret underground passageway stretching some 500 feet towards the U.S. border. The Mexican military uncovered the ... continue reading


Rare video shows 'successful' exorcism on woman 'possessed by devil' Watch

Image of Laura was described by locals as

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A 22-year-old woman, only identified as Laura, was reportedly a good girl before the devil turned her bad, according to Argentina locals. In this disturbing footage, Laura is seen writhing in pain, screaming as Bishop Manuel Acuna performs an exorcism on her. LOS ... continue reading


Magical Chilean hotel straight from 'The Hobbit:' features living wall, waterfall Watch

Image of The hotel, completely made out of wood and stone, is located under the majestic Andes Mountain range, the unique hotel is right in the middle of one of the most valued, as well as endangered regions in the world.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Montana Magica Lodge, located in the middle of the southern Andes is something straight from "The Hobbit." It is a literal "Magic Mountain." There is a manmade volcano with a stunning waterfall cascading down its side. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Falling to progress, the beautiful Lake Nicaragua will be compromised by artificial canal Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A massive, fabricated canal, headed by the Hong Kong-based consortium HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Company, or HKND is set to undergo construction. The $50 billion project, called the Nicaragua Canal, or the Nicaragua Grand Canal and Inter-oceanic ... continue reading


Mummified bodies of two climbers missing for 55 years believed found Watch

Image of Local officials are confident that the cadavers correspond to two of three Mexicans who went missing after an avalanche 55 years ago.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

At 18,000 feet, Pico de Orizaba in Mexico is the country's highest elevated level. Several climbers have lost their lives trying to scale the mountain. The skeletal remains of two climbers, recently discovered there, are believed to be two of three members of ... continue reading


Villarrica's spectacular eruption: Nature's version of 'fireworks' Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Chile's most active volcano finally erupted, after starting to show signs of seismic disturbance a few days ago. The volcanic activity raised alarm to over 3,300 residents who were evacuated from the small towns of Villarrica, Pucon and Conaripe before the eruption ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Peter 5:5-14
5 In the same way, younger people, be subject to the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
2 for you have said: love is built to last for ever, ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 16:15-20
15 And he said to them, 'Go out to the whole world; ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 25th, 2015 Image

St. Mark
April 25: The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter