President Obama signed an executive order closing overseas CIA prisons and Guantanamo today, promising that the prison will be out of operation within a year. Matthew Waxman, Columbia law professor and former detainee affairs official for the Bush administration, had a few pointers.
Waxman has been calling for the end of Guantanamo for a while, but, though that objective has now been achieved, he has not donned a party hat and thrown confetti. In a new Foriegn Policy article, Waxman emphasizied the difficult road ahead, writing, “any closure plan will entail risks and difficult trade-offs.” So much for fun and easy closings of torture centers.
There is no word yet on the executive order to close McBain.