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Gates Backs Up Obama on Gitmo

Defense Secretary Robert Gates worked for George W. Bush in the Pentagon, but in an interview today he firmly backed up his new boss. Gates said Obama had no other choice but to order Guantanamo's shutdown, saying "the name itself is a condemnation" of U.S. anti-terror policy. Former vice president Dick Cheney blasted Obama yesterday for endangering the nation by closing the site, but Gates said that "fear-mongering" about terror detainees being transferred to U.S. supermax prisons is unfounded. "We have many terrorists in United States' prisons today," he said, and no one has ever escaped a supermax prison before.