Holder had confirmed [JURIST report] in September 2011 that the Obama administration remained committed to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, despite political opposition. Obama has faced criticism for not closing Guantanamo after issuing an executive order [text, PDF] in January 2009 directing that the military prison be closed [JURIST report] "as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order." However, Congress blocked the executive order and barred the transfer of detainees to the US. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at a congressional hearing in February 2011 that Guantanamo Bay is unlikely to be closed [JURIST report] because of security concerns.
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