President Barack Obama has come a long way from his campaign promise to quickly close the Guantánamo Bay detention center for suspected terrorists. Now Attorney General Eric Holder says the facility may remain open after the November 2012 election, The Hill reports
Asked in a congressional hearing whether the prison will be shuttered by then, Holder said: “I don’t know.” He put the blame on Congress. “We will do all that we can. We have to, obviously, work with Congress. Congress has put barriers in place to what I think is what we should be doing.”
Holder didn’t say anything about the fact that Democrats controlled Congress until this year. “So we’ll have to work through those restrictions and work with our allies to try and come up with a way in which we can do that.”
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