Gitmo closing plan lays out costs, savings

2016-02-23 21:40
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Washington - President Barack Obama says the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay undermines America's national security and needs to be closed.

Obama says the detention centre is counter-productive 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 $475m in construction costs that would ultimately be offset by as much as $180m per year in operating cost savings. It does not specify where in the US the detainees would go.

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