April 14th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Holder: We still plan to close Guantanamo

[Updated at 10:04 a.m.] Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the Obama administration intends to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility as soon as it can, but he declined to specify when that would happen.

Holder is testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He also said that New York City remained an option for holding the terrorism trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, but a final decision was weeks away.

[Posted at 10:02 a.m.] Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the government would use both civilian courts and military commissions for terrorism cases.

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  1. Benjamin J. Roethig

    Be careful what you wish for.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alek

    These terrorists commited crimes againist us so they should be put on trial here. Why have a seperate holding place for them?

    April 14, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Monique Yazzie

    what a bunch of dumbasses..
    next, there probably going to release the terrorist.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ryan

    Careful? That word does not exist in this administration. It knows NOTHING about terrorism prevention. Congratulations, America, your "saviour" is doing one heck of a job.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Martha

    Lets get real here. Bush knew many of the Guantanamo detainees were innocently bought to make the "War on Terror" an excuse to invade Iraq. We in the USA have a Rule of Law that works in civil courts each day. Military tibunals are a joke that convicts without evidence and uses redacted (blacked out) sentences. What can we fear in the American court system? Indefinite detention may come to bite us in the backside when it is used on American citizens. Now there is an order to kill an American citizen on sight......without due-process. (And he may need to be punished but he is American)) Be careful what you push for. What's the old saying...First they came for the....., then they came for .....? Don't be used this way.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marvin

    Please, stop complaining about everything. If you don't like how our country is doing then in the next election, change it. This is what democracy is all about. If you don't like the people in government, other than federal judges, then vote and try to change it.

    We have truly become a NATION of WHINERS!

    April 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Martha

    Adding to my above paragraph....Closing Guantanamo isn't the issue. Making sure justice is served by bringing detainees to civil trials is. Put them on trial or send them home. Transferring detainees to other prisons just deepens the atrocities of the previous administration and their disreguard of human rights. Unless this situation results in true justice, we are enhancing the hatred from other countries.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |