Shut Gitmo, Urges Military Boss

Prison camp has 'damaged America's reputation'
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2008 5:14 AM CST
A detainee looks through fencing inside a courtyard used for exercise periods at Camp 5 maximum security facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, in this June 26, 2006, file photo. (AP Photo/Brennan...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday he favors shutting down the controversial prison camp at Guantanamo Bay where al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects are being held and interrogated. Last Friday marked the sixth anniversary of the opening of the prison camp in 2002. Admiral Mike Mullen toured the facility with reporters yesterday, and complained that the camp has seriously damaged America's global reputation.

"I'd like to see it shut down," Mullen said, although he stressed the decision is not his and that closing the camp would entail complex legal issues. "More than anything else it's been the image around the world in terms of representing the United States. I believe that from the standpoint of how it reflects on us that it's been pretty damaging."