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Members of Congress Show “Limited Enthusiasm.”

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This one was too good to pass up.  The excerpt below is from Defense Secretary Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen’s Jan. 22, 2009 press conference:

Q     Mr. Secretary, on Guantanamo, you told us that you tried to have it closed something like a year ago and failed. The issues really haven’t changed. So what’s going to be different this time, particularly with regard to the two tough issues of where to send those that you’d like to transfer and what to do with those you can’t put on trial but aren’t ready to release? 

 
            SEC. GATES: Well, I think those are exactly some of the issues that — that are going to be investigated, as — as laid out by the executive order. 
 
            Those — we have developed some options in terms of how many we think could be returned to other countries, if we could get the other countries to take them. That diplomatic initiative has not started. That will await work on — in carrying out the executive order. 
 
            We have identified a number of possible prisons here in the United States. I’ve heard from members of Congress where all of those prisons are located. Their enthusiasm is limited. 
 
(Laughter.) 
The entire transcript can be found here.

rstearns @ January 22, 2009

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