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Gates defends decision to close Gitmo

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.
In an interview broadcast Friday on NBC's "Today" show, 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 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 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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