2011: Defense Authorization Bill - Guantánamo stays open

President Obama reluctantly signs the Defense Authorization Bill into law. It outlines how defense spending is appropriated. Those opposed to domestic detention of the Guantánamo detainees add a segment to the bill to prevent it from happening. This prohibits defense funds to be used to construct or purchase domestic prison space to house detainees transferred from Guantánamo.

Despite his opposition to the bill, President Obama signs it with hopes that he can work with Congress in the future to repeal these restrictions.

With no alternative location to hold the remaining detainees, Guantánamo remains an open and functioning detention facility.

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