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Gitmo still open, despite White House pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some political promises are more easily made than kept, as evidenced by today's anniversary of President Barack Obama's pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay prison by today.

Far from being closed, the base in Cuba still houses nearly 200 terror suspects.

And no one at the White House can yet say when it will close.

Spokesman Robert Gibbs says he still thinks shutting down Guantanamo will make America safer by removing a key al-Qaida recruiting tool.

Administration officials acknowledge they underestimated the difficulties, including deciding who would face trial and who would be sent to other countries.

Officials did settle on a prison in Illinois to take the remaining inmates. But Congress has refused to provide funds.

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