Bush, Cheney, Gonzales blocked Gitmo closing.

From the New York Times:

In his first weeks as defense secretary, Robert M. Gates repeatedly argued that the detention facility at Guant¡namo Bay, Cuba, had become so tainted abroad that legal proceedings at Guant¡namo would be viewed as illegitimate, according to senior administration officials. He told President Bush and others that it should be shut down as quickly as possible. […]

Mr. Gates’s arguments were rejected after Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and some other government lawyers expressed strong objections to moving detainees to the United States, a stance that was backed by the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, administration officials said.

As Mr. Gates was making his case, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joined him in urging that the detention facility be shut down, administration officials said. But the high-level discussions about closing Guant¡namo came to a halt after Mr. Bush rejected the approach.


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