Gates Defends Decision To Close Gitmo

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Obama administration had no choice but to order the shutdown of the prison at Guantanamo because "the name itself is a condemnation" of U.S. anti-terrorism strategy.

Gates called the facility on the island of Cuba "probably one of the finest prisons in the world today." But at the same time, he said it had become "a taint" on the reputation of America.

Gates has served both President George W. Bush and now President Barack Obama at the Pentagon. The secretary said that once the decision was made to close Guantanamo, "the question is, where do you put them." He said President Obama would do nothing to endanger the public and said there has never been an escape from a "super-max" prison in this country.


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