One of Obama's early promises was to close Guantanamo. Of course it never happened. Now it seems that the facility is being renovated. This is surely a sign that there are no plans to close Guantanamo in the near future.
A 40 million dollar fiber optic cable system is to be installed to replace a single satellite that works poorly during bad weather. Navy Capt. Kirk Hibbert said: .
"It only makes sense to do if we're going to be here for any period of time," However an Army official said that the upgrade is meant to serve the naval station to bring it up to par with other bases. He said the U.S. still plans to close the prison facility. Of course he neglected to mention when it would close!
The project will require congressional approval. Although Cuban authorities have been notified of the project they have no say in the matter. The U.S. has a lease in perpetuity which can be ended only with the agreement of both governments. Of course the U.S. would not agree to vacate the base.
The Cuban government refuses to recognize the validity of the lease and does not cash the checks provided annually by the U.S. American lawyer Eric Montalvo noted: “... Cuba has requested that the US leave on a number of occasions,”“And if you look at the terms of the agreement, they do not conform to real estate law because there is this rule against perpetuities. You just can’t have something that goes on forever in a lease, there has to be a defined beginning and a defined end.”Might makes right and in this case it is the U.S. not Cuba that has the might. For more see this article.