Gates: Prospect very low that Guantanamo closes

February 17, 2011 19:17

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday said that the prospects of closing Guantanamo Bay are very low, and it has become harder to release detainees because he has to certify they will not be a danger.

Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US has not been particularly good at predicting which detainees will return to the battlefield when they are released.

He said that if naval prison in Cuba is closed he does not know where the US would send combatants who are captured somewhere other than the warfronts. He says they could be sent to their home government or brought to the U.S., but it would be a challenge.

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