The U.S. general who opened Guantánamo in 2002 is calling for the prison to be closed. In an article published by the Detroit Free Press, retired Major General Michael Lehnert wrote: “In retrospect, the entire detention and interrogation strategy was wrong. We squandered the goodwill of the world after we were attacked [on 9/11] by our actions in Guantánamo, both in terms of detention and torture. Our decision to keep Guantánamo open has helped our enemies because it validates every negative perception of the United States.” Lehnert also criticized what he called an “unwise and unnecessary ban” on transferring prisoners to the United States, which is part of the new Pentagon bill.
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