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With Gitmo Closure Elusive, Obama Seeks Other Steps

President Barack Obama’s vow to try again to close the Guantanamo Bay prison remains a tough sell in Congress.

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

So the White House may look instead toward smaller steps like transferring some terror suspects back overseas.

Obama campaigned on closing the facility in Cuba. But Congress has blocked detainees from being moved to the United States.

Now 100 of the 166 prisoners are on a hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention. Obama is promising a renewed push before Congress and has ordered a review of his administrative options.

The White House is acknowledging its process to review prisoner cases for possible release has not been implemented quickly enough. The president also is considering reappointing a senior official at the State Department to focus on transfers out of the prison.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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