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Guantanamo Bay was leased to the US by Cuba on February 23, 1903, as part of the Cuban-American Treaty. Although the US had maintained a military presence at Guantanamo Bay since the Spanish-American War, the perpetual lease has allowed the US military to construct a permanent naval base on the site. The base has been in regular use since the early twentieth century and has been a source of consistent tension between the American and Cuban governments. The facilities at Guantanamo Bay have taken on a special significance in the wake of 9/11. The base houses detention facilities used to incarcerate individuals captured by the US military during execution of the War on Terror. The first of those prisoners arrived at Guantanamo Bay a decade ago on January 11, 2002. Engendering both domestic and international concern, the detention center has been the source of deep controversy since its opening. The

Timeline

6/18/2013: Federal judge urged new approach in handling Guantanamo detainee cases

6/17/2013: US government released names of indefinite Guantanamo detainees

6/17/2013: President Obama appointed Guantanamo closure envoy

6/10/2013: US military prosecutors charged Guantanamo detainee with war crimes

6/6/2013: House panel approved defense spending bill that blocked Guantanamo closure

5/23/2013: Obama addressed US drone strikes, steps to close Guantanamo

5/23/2013: Guantanamo lawyers sought end to allegedly abusive search policy

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