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400671 02: A detainee is taken from a questioning session at camp X-Ray February 6, 2002 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The 156 Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners are questioned frequently, and are always transported to and from these sessions manacled. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Inside the Guantanamo detention camp

1 May 2013

Saying it was

damaging to U.S. interests to keep holding prisoners in legal limbo at Guantanamo,

President Barack Obama renewed an old vow on 30 April 2013 to close the camp,

where about 100 inmates are on hunger strike to protest against their years in

detention without trial. Obama, who repeatedly pledged to close the camp when

he was campaigning for a first term and after he first took office in 2009, put

the blame on Congress for his failure to make good on his promise and said he

would re-engage with lawmakers on the issue. The Guantanamo Bay detention camp

was established in January 2002 by the Bush Administration to hold detainees it

had determined to be connected with opponents in the Global War on Terror.

Current and former prisoners have complained of abuse and torture; and in a

2005 Amnesty International report the facility was called the "gulag of

our times".

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