According to The Daily Beast, closing Guantanamo may finally become a reality. Congressional momentum, fed by operating-cost realities, began to rally with Senate hearings in late July, chaired by a frustrated Senator Richard Durbin (D-Il).  Since then, tangible legislative action has been spurred by a focused executive branch push, coordinated by President Obama himself. The ACLU, which has persistently called on Congress and the Administration to close the prison, applauds the momentum:

“It’s as if the president finally decided to flip the on-switch and the White House and Defense Department got up and running to work towards closing Guantanamo,” says Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union. “And it paid off, with a big Senate vote supporting easing some of the transfer restrictions.”

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