"It is no coincidence that the recent ISIS videos showing the barbaric burning of a Jordanian pilot and the savage execution of a Japanese hostage each showed the victim clothed in an orange jumpsuit, believed by many to be the symbol of the Guantanamo detention facility," Brian McKeon, US Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy said, at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
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The pilot and the reporter, as well as other victims of the Islamic State militants, were shown wearing orange clothing in the videos posted by the jihadist group.
McKeon emphasized that the ongoing "operation of the detention facility at Guantanamo weakens our national security by draining resources, damaging our relationships with key allies, and is used by violent extremists to incite local populations".
The Guantanamo prison was opened in 2002 in the wake of 9/11 terror attacks on the United States. Despite repeated pledges by US President Barack Obama to close the notorious detention facility, it is still in operation.