Obama Lays Out Plan to Close Gitmo

President Barack Obama asked legislators Tuesday to help him close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay. “This is about closing a chapter in our history,” he said. “It reflects the lessons that we’ve learned since 9/11, lessons that need to guide our nation going forward.” Obama’s plans suggest that as many as 60 Gitmo prisoners move to the U.S. for trial or detention. Many of the president’s ideas were condemned by lawmakers, including Sen. John McCain, who said the nine-page plan didn’t address basic questions. McCain said the president “missed a major chance” to build support for closing the prison. The Obama administration has long promised to close the facility, but has been delayed for various reasons.