Guantanamo commander predicts prison won't close soon

Guantanamo's commander believes that the prison on this base won't close anytime soon after President-elect Barack Obama takes office. Rear Adm. David Thomas said he expects "rigorous debate" in America before the 250 detainees are flown out, pouring cold water on speculation that the military's offshore prison might close within days after Obama is sworn in on Jan. 20. "The hard part, the important part to get ready is where you're going to put the detainees, and the legal process that you intend to use to continue any sort of prosecution or resolution of their cases," Thomas told reporters Tuesday night. "The easy part is taking them from JTF-Guantanamo and putting them on an airplane.