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The Scouting Report: Delays in Closing Guantánamo Bay

President Obama recently announced that his administration will need at least six more months to devise a long-term plan for detainees who cannot be tried but are considered too dangerous for release. Obama has not backed down from his promise to close the military detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba by January 2010, but delays in the process raise questions about whether or not this is still an attainable goal.

Brookings expert Benjamin Wittes, who supports the development of new legislation to govern indefinite detention inside the United States, joined Fred Barbash, senior editor at Politico, in a live web chat about the challenges the Obama administration faces in closing Guantánamo. 

Read the chat transcript »



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