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Q & A GUANTANAMO BAY
a surprise to anyone,”
says Zanetti, now Joint
Forces Land Component
Commander of the New Mexico from over 750 detainees fi ve years while, the detainees’ reaction was
Army National Guard. “As can- ago to around 250 today.” mixed. Most are glad GTMO is clos-
didates, both [then-Sen. Barack “Different groups reacted in dif- ing but are unsure now of their fu-
Obama (D-Ill.)] and Sen. John Mc- ferent ways to the announcement,” ture. Many detainees believe they are
Cain (R-Ariz.) had said they would says Zanetti. “The Joint Task Force treated better at GTMO than they
close GTMO. You also have to re- Command said, ‘Let’s begin planning will be in their home countries. Some
member that GTMO has been qui- for closure, and let’s ensure we do it believe they will soon be set free.
etly closing for years. We have gone professionally and effi ciently.’ Mean- [Others] believe they may go home to
certain death. Finally, the attorneys
At press time, plans were to close
GTMO within a year. Portions of
this interview were conducted
before this announcement, but
MOAA thinks the story is timely.
Our intent is not to debate GTMO
or its detainees’ future. That is
outside our purview. Rather, we
tell a story of how America’s
servicemembers are handling a
situation that few people have
experienced firsthand.
Guards escort a detainee to recreational area Camp 1. Barbed wire,
above, is a familiar sight for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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