Military officer: Gitmo creates psychological scars

2015-01-12 14:41
Chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. (Brendan Smialowski, AFP)

Chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. (Brendan Smialowski, AFP)

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Washington - Count the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairperson among those who believe it's in the national interest to close the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

General Martin Dempsey says the facility at the US Navy base in Cuba "does create a psychological scar on our national values. Whether it should or not, it does."

The US has transferred of a number of detainees recently as President Barack Obama tries to make progress toward his goal of closing Guantanamo.

The prison population now is 127.

Dempsey says there are "dozens" who still must be detained.

He tells Fox News Sunday that's a policy decision for elected officials — what to do if these detainees shouldn't be released and Congress doesn't allow them to be brought to the United States.

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