The chief of the U.S. military said Sunday that he favors closing the prison here as soon as possible because he believes negative publicity world wide about treatment of terrorist suspects has been "pretty damaging" to the United States. "I'd like to see it shut down,"Adm. Mike Mullen said in an interview with three reporters who toured the detention center with him on his first visit since becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last October. Asked why he thinks Gauntanamo Bay, commonly dubbed Gitmo, should be closed, and the prisoners perhaps moved to U.S. soil, Mullen said, "More than anything else it's been the image - how Gitmo has become around the world, in terms of representing the United States. By Robert Burns, AP military writer.
I think the Chief of Staff is right. We should close Gitmo and bring those prisoner to the U.S. soil. But there might be a problem that they might not have thought of. How to protect these terrorist suspects. If you put them with our prison population they will all be dead within one month. If you think they were treated bad at Gauntanamo Bay, how do you think they will be treated on U.S. soil? I just have to say one thing "It will be interesting"