Members of the Peace & Justice Center pose with signs urgning President Obama to fulfill his promise to close Guatanamo Prison before he leaves office.
It’s been 14 years since the opening of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Guantanamo is known to be a representation for terrorist recruitment. “Guantanamo became a symbol that helped al-Qaeda recruit terrorists to its cause. Indeed the existence of Guantanamo likely created more terrorists around the world than it ever detained,” stated President Obama in 2009.
“Guantanamo will be closed no later than one year from now,” were President Obama’s exact words. Over seven years ago on his second day in office, President Obama made the promise to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison that still hangs over his presidency today. In an effort to push Obama into fulfilling his promise the “Close Guantanamo” campaign launched a plan, the “Countdown to Close Guantanamo.” This campaign is to persuade people from all over the world, including celebrities and lawmakers, to take pictures of themselves holding signs counting down to the end of Obama’s term, urging him to close the prison.