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Rumsfeld says no plans to close Guantanamo

[JURIST] Despite increasing pressure to close the US military prison [JURIST report] for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] said Thursday that the government did not have any plans to shut down the facility any time soon. Rumsfeld told a NATO news conference [MP3 audio] that the move to close Guantanamo Bay would raise many more questions, including what would become of the prisoners housed there. In a FOX News interview Wednesday, President Bush addressed the closing of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST report] and said that the government was "exploring all alternatives" for the future. Other Pentagon officials have also said that the detention center will not be closing. Reuters has more.

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