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GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - AUGUST 26: A detainee looks into the window of a cell at Camp 4 inside of the maximum security prison Camp Delta at Guantanamo Naval Base August 26, 2004 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This week the U.S. Military held preliminary hearings for four detainee's charged with conspiricy to commit war crimes. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Inside the Guantanamo detention camp

Saying it was

damaging to U.S. interests to keep holding prisoners in legal limbo at Guantanamo,

President Barack Obama renewed an old vow on 30 April 2013 to close the camp,

where about 100 inmates are on hunger strike to protest against their years in

detention without trial. Obama, who repeatedly pledged to close the camp when

he was campaigning for a first term and after he first took office in 2009, put

the blame on Congress for his failure to make good on his promise and said he

would re-engage with lawmakers on the issue. The Guantanamo Bay detention camp

was established in January 2002 by the Bush Administration to hold detainees it

had determined to be connected with opponents in the Global War on Terror.

Current and former prisoners have complained of abuse and torture; and in a

2005 Amnesty International report the facility was called the "gulag of

our times".