DOD head seeks help transferring dangerous Guantanamo detainees Holly Manges Jones at 12:26 PM ET
[JURIST] New US Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile] said Thursday that the White House and Congress should collaborate to close the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] by transferring the more dangerous detainees elsewhere. Gates told the US House Defense Appropriations Committee [official website] that less than 100 of the 385 total prisoners held at Guantanamo are considered "hard-core" threats to the US. Legislators agreed the prison camp harms US credibility with international allies, but asked Gates to gather more information on the possibility of moving the more dangerous prisoners to military prisons over the long term. Shortly after taking office Gates privately argued [JURIST report] that the Guantanamo Bay prison should be shut down, but his proposal was rejected by US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Vice President Dick Cheney, and ultimately by the President himself.
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