Of all the illegal and unjust acts carried out in the name of the ''war on terror'', the use of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre stands out like a sore thumb. President Barack Obama promised to close it more than four years ago, but hasn't yet. Now he can release 86 prisoners who have been cleared for immediate release, but he hasn't.
Of the 166 detainees now in Guantanamo, only six are facing active charges. There are currently 103 inmates on hunger strike; 30 of whom have been strapped down and force-fed. Over the years there have been 21 children held at Guantanamo. Since the first prisoners arrived there more than 11 years ago, only one has been tried in a civilian court. Under the Bush administration more than 500 detainees were released, but under Mr Obama there have been only 72. It's well past time to make good on his promise and shut down this disgraceful example of injustice.