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Group tries to blunt right wing on closing Gitmo


The pretrial hearings this week could be the last court appearance for the high-profile detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's a new move intended to rally support for closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A group of retired generals and war veterans have launched a national campaign aiming to break through congressional opposition.

President Barack Obama pledged to close the jail by January, but logistical woes and political roadblocks have made that more difficult.

Much of the resistance has been whipped up by former Vice President Dick Cheney, who warns of a danger to national security.

The campaign, Close Gitmo Now, includes a relatively modest $100,000 ad buy on cable channels today. Its message exhorts Congress to reject the "failed Bush-Cheney policies."

Tom Andrews, a former Maine congressman who founded Close Gitmo Now, says he's hoping for grass-roots support and donations to pay for future ad campaigns.

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