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Guantamo Bay

A U.S. Army soldier stands watch in a guard tower at Camp Delta at Guantanamo Naval Base August 23, 2004 in Guantanamo, Cuba. Four suspected al Qaeda fighters will be formally charged with war crimes this week as the U.S. military opens the first legal hearings for foreign prisoners captured during the war in Afghanistan and held at a remote U.S. Navy base in Cuba. Beginning on Tuesday, the prisoners from Australia, Sudan and Yemen will appear separately, unshackled and in civilian clothing before a panel of five U.S. officers who will read the charges against them at the arraignments, officials at the Guantanamo base said on Sunday. REUTERS/Mark Wilson/Pool JDP

Guantanamo retrospective

President Barack Obama mentioned closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay for the first time in a State of the Union speech since he took office.

"With the Afghan war ending, this needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay,” Obama said in his speech Tuesday, which largely focused on economic inequality. “We counter terrorism not just through intelligence and military action, but by remaining true to our constitutional ideals and setting an example for the rest of the world." (Yahoo News)

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