Despite his stated desire to the contrary, President Bush and his most hawkish aides are determined to keep prison facilities operating at Guantánamo Bay, reports the New York Times. Bush made up his mind following a Supreme Court ruling in the summer granting 250 detainees the right to challenge their incarceration, and never seriously considered State Department or Pentagon proposals to shut down prison operations, according to sources.
That leaves the problem squarely in the lap of the next president, who "will gnash his teeth and beat his head against the wall" when faced with the complexities of the issue, said a source. This administration "believes very, very strongly in certain things it has done,” said a professor who served in the Defense Department. “Guantánamo is one that some officials believe was right all along.”