President Barack Obama has pledged to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center by 2010. In a May 21 speech President Obama stated that the remaining 240 prisoners can be dealt with without risk to Americans and that civilian courts, military tribunals, regular prisons, and transfers to other countries were options. The President was quick to assure Americans and the world that prisoners who remain a threat to the US and its allies would not be released.
The Democrat controlled Senate does not share President Obama's point of view, with the vast senators voting 90-6 to keep the Guantanamo Bay detention center open indefinitely. Despite this opposition Obama is firm that Guantanamo must be closed because it undercuts US moral authority and helps fuel terrorist recruitment campaigns.
The President is hoping to find a compromise that will pass in Congress before a final vote on US anti-terror legislation next month with the ultimate goal of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center no later than January 2010.
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