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Who was President in 2005 and 2007? Don't think it was Obama, now was it?
Washington, June 30, 2006 -- A day after a landmark Supreme Court ruling, the White House said Friday the prison at Guantanamo Bay will remain open until the United States deals with the terror suspects being held there.
President Bush had said he wants to close the detention center but was waiting for a Supreme Court decision about his plan to put some Guantanamo detainees on trial before military commissions. The high court, in a major rebuke to Bush on Thursday, said his plan was unconstitutional because the commissions were not authorized by Congress and violated international law.
The administration now is looking to Congress to give the president authority to deal with suspected terror detainees. That way forward could be long and difficult. Congress will negotiate a highly technical legal road one fraught with political implications in an election year under the scrutiny of the international community that has condemned the continued use of the Guantanamo prison.
The ruling does little to clear up the immediate future of the 450 prisoners at Guantanamo since most have never been charged with crimes and may never go to trial. Bush has been urged by European leaders to close the Guantanamo facility.