On Tuesday, President Obama made his final attempt to persuade Congress to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Following up on his pledge to close the prison as a candidate for the White House in 2008, the plan proposes 13 potential sites in the United States to transfer detainees.
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"We'll review President Obama's plan," Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. "But since it includes bringing dangerous terrorists to facilities in U.S. communities, he should know that the bipartisan will of Congress has already been expressed against that proposal."
The facility houses prisoners who were captured in the wake of 9/11 when the United States entered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but human rights organizations have complained about the reports of torture and inhumane conditions detainees allegedly faced.
"Let us go ahead and close this chapter," Obama said of his plan. "Keeping this facility open is contrary to our values ... It is viewed as a stain on our broader record of upholding the highest standards of rule of law."
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