Lawmakers Want Gitmo Prison to Remain Open

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One of President Barack Obama's long-time goals has been to close the military prison located at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where the U.S. government keeps inmates captured in the war on terror.

However, some members of the U.S. Congress oppose any of the alternatives to closing the Guantanamo prison.

Some senators have introduced a bill that, if approved, would insure that the terrorist detention facility stays open.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says just the idea that the Guantanamo prison may soon be closing is already causing a moral crisis in the war on terror.

"We're forcing our nation to make inappropriate choices -- killing people instead of capturing, losing intelligence, renditioning people to countries that are not going to have our interests at heart," he explained.

"There are many terrorists still around the world that we could capture tomorrow, that we could gain valuable information from. And we need to know where we will put them," Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R - N.H., said.

"To me, keeping Guantanamo Bay open is a matter of common sense. The prison there has played and continues to play a critical role in keeping America safe," Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said.

Obama couldn't keep his promise to close the military prison in his first year as president. But U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the administration still plans to shutter Guantanamo at a future date.

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