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PBC News & Comment: Gitmo’s First Commander Says “It’s Long Past Time to Close Guantanamo”

We get comment from super lawyer Michael Ratner on strong statements by Gitmo’s first commander about closing Guantanamo prison…Click here for free audiobook download and generate $15 for the PBC Podcast from Audible!

Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, comments on a blunt and persuasive op-ed by Maj. Gen Michael Lenhart USMC-ret., who opened the prison in Cuba in 2002

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