Closing Gitmo: The New 'War' on Terror?

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WASHINGTON - Congress is moving ahead with funding to ramp up the war in Afghanistan, but they're still leaving out the dollars President Obama wants to start moving terrorism detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S.

That comes after the President argued that his way is the best way to fight the war on terror.

The federal prison complex in Florence, Colo., known as "Supermax," is home to criminals like shoe bomber Richard Reid and Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.

Soon it could be home to suspected terrorists currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"The existence of Guantanamo, likely created more terrorists around the world than it ever detained," Obama said during a press conference at the National Archives.

Obama says the very existence of Gitmo threatens America's moral authority in the world. And that those who've broken federal laws will be tried in U.S. courts.

"I think the President will find upon reflection that to bring the worst of the worst terrorists inside the United States would be cause for great danger and regret in the years to come," former Vice President Dick Cheney said during a press conference.

"We will safeguard what we must to protect the American people, but we will also ensure the accountability and oversight that is the hallmark of our constitutional system," Obama said.

During his national security speech at the National Archive, President Obama was met with applause as he emphad his decision to ban enhanced interrogation techniques.

It's a decision that Cheney, one of Obama's most outspoken critics, is painting as naïve.   

Cheney says to call interrogation methods used under the Bush administration "torture" is casting "terrorists and murderers as innocent victims."

"You've heard endlessly about waterboarding. It happened to three terrorists. One of them was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11 who has also boasted about his beheading of Daniel Pearl," Cheney said.

As Obama and Cheney sparred over the future of prisoners plucked off the battlefield, the Senate approved a $91 billion military spending bill.

Legislation that closely mirrors the President's requests - minus the $80 million he wants to start shutting down Gitmo. Lawmakers say they still need details about how Americans will be protected aside terrorists on U.S. soil. 

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