Readers React: What happens after a Gitmo detainee is released?

To the editor: Decisions, decisions. What should we do with the alleged terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba? (“Obama gives Congress plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison,” Feb. 23)

I have wondered what is in the best interests of everybody involved ever since President Obama promised more than seven years ago that he would close the detention facility. On Page A-3 of Wednesday’s Times, you presented the president’s proposal. It sounds like there might be some merit in it.

Then I turned to Page A-4, and the paper made the decision for me. There it was reported that Spain is holding four suspected militants, including one who was previously detained at Guantanamo.

We recently experienced a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, so let’s keep the detainees locked up at Guantanamo and throw away the key.


Murray Levine, Encino


To the editor: I agree that the United States needs to close its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, but I think there is another important point that needs to be discussed.

Guantanamo, a beautiful name for what was once a beautiful place, is located on the soil of a country with which we still do not have fully normalized relations. Cuba does not want a U.S. base to be located at Guantanamo.


We hold Guantanamo in Cuba only because as the most powerful country in the world, we can. It is occupied foreign land. How would have the founding fathers felt about that?

Erica Hahn, Monrovia

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