President Obama today announced a plan to close Guantanamo Bay, the seven-year culmination of the promise he made during the 2008 election.
There are still 91 detainees in custody at the facility, which was opened in 2002.
The president announced the four-part plan during a televised address from the Roosevelt Room on Tuesday morning, calling on Congress to approve the measure, which was first proposed by the Pentagon.
But while Obama has shown a willingness to wield executive power in the face of congressional inaction on issues such as immigration and background checks on gun sales, most legal experts interviewed by NBC News said they don’t expect him to go to that well again to close Guantanamo.
Michael Greenberger, a former Justice Department attorney now teaching law at the University of Maryland, said such a decision would be the result of political calculation in the midst of a presidential campaign rather than concerns about the constitutionality of such an action.