President To Outline Plans For Gitmo Closing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

President Barack Obama is set to deliver a major security speech today. In it, he'll outline his plans for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Congress has refused to give the administration money for shutting down the facility until it hears more plans. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the president won't have all the answers this morning when he speaks at the National Archives, but is working toward them.

Democrats lined up with Republicans in the Senate yesterday on a 90-6 vote to keep Guantanamo open and forbid the transfer of any detainees to facilities in the U.S.

But the administration is arguing that America must take some detainees if it wants allies to do the same. The White House says the president hasn't decided yet just where to transfer some of the 240 still held at Guantanamo.

Officials have in the past said as many as 100 could be sent to the U.S.

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