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June 11th, 2007, 08:03 AM
Ms.Michelle
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WASHINGTON -- Former secretary of state Colin Powell said yesterday he favours immediately closing the notorious Guantanamo Bay military prison and moving its detainees to facilities in the U.S.

The prison, which now holds about 380 suspected terrorists, has tarnished the world's perception of the U.S., Powell said.

"If it was up to me, I would close Guantanamo. Not tomorrow, but this afternoon. I'd close it," he said.

"And I would not let any of those people go," he said. "I would simply move them to the United States and put them into our federal legal system. The concern was, well then they'll have access to lawyers . . . So what? Let them. Isn't that what our system is all about?"

Powell said the U.S. doesn't need Guantanamo and it's caused more damage than good.[/b]
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