Shutting down Guantanamo

(NBC News) President Obama has announced a plan to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention center and transfer dozens of terrorist suspects to facilities in the United States.

"It’s been clear that the detention center at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security," Obama said from the Roosevelt Room at the White House. "It undermines it."

There are 35 detainees currently eligible for transfer. The president’s plan calls for an accelerated review of the remaining 56 to determine if they pose a threat and will also be transferred, or if they will be returned to their home countries.

Republicans have vowed to block the plan.

"He should know that the bipartisan will of Congress has already been expressed against that proposal," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in response to the president’s proposal.

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