U.S. President Barack Obama and the Defense Department submit a plan to ultimately close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, with Obama urging Congress to give the plan a ''fair hearing.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday (February 23) urged Congress to give his plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a "fair hearing" and said he did not want to pass the issue on to the person who succeeds him in the White House. A Pentagon plan to close the prison in Cuba would transfer detainees to any of 13 potential sites on U.S. soil but does not identify the facilities or endorse a specific one, administration officials said on Tuesday. "Today, the department is submitting to Congress our plan to finally closing the facility at Guantanamo for once and for all," said Obama. "This plan has my full support, it reflects our best thinking on how to best go after terrorists and deal with those who we may capture..." President Barack Obama has pledged to close the prison and move the detainees since before his election in 2008. The prisoners, held at a U.S. naval station in southeastern Cuba, were detained by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. It came to symbolize aggressive detention practices in years past that opened the United States to allegations of torture.