Pentagon's Guantanamo closing plan lays out costs, savings

2 years 1 month 4 weeks ago Tuesday, February 23 2016 Feb 23, 2016 Tuesday, February 23, 2016 10:40:21 AM CST February 23, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said the detention center at Guantanamo Bay undermines America's national security and needs to be closed.

Obama said the detention center is counterproductive in the fight against terrorism because it's used as propaganda to recruit terrorists and drains military resources.

The White House released Obama's plan to close the facility on Tuesday, but the plan faces stiff opposition from the GOP-led Congress.

The plan calls for transferring remaining detainees to the United States and seeks up to $475 million in construction costs that would ultimately be offset by as much as $180 million per year in operating cost savings. It does not specify where in the U.S. the detainees would go.

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