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Closing Gitmo


In a new Fox News poll, 52 percent of registered voters said they wanted to continue to hold terrorist suspects in the military prison at Guantanamo, while 36 percent said it was time to move them to federal prisons in the United States and close Guantanamo. Early in the Obama administration, in January 2009, in response to a slightly different question, more people (47 percent) said it should be closed than kept open (45 percent). In the abstract, Americans liked the idea of closing the base, but when the possible implications of closing it — putting terrorists suspects in federal prisons — became clear, Americans changed their minds.