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Lindsey Graham: "There's No Way to Close Gitmo Now"

3:45 PM, Dec 2, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The Hill's Michael O'Brien reports

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday that he no longer favors closing the terrorist detention center maintained by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Graham, who'd previously sought to work with the Obama administration to close the prison, said there's "no way" to close the facility at this point. 

"There's no way to close Gitmo now," Graham said Thursday on Laura Ingraham's radio show when asked if he still favors closing Guantanamo.

"I'm being honest. Quite frankly, it doesn't matter to me where you house these people; it matters what you do with them," he added.

That's a shift for Graham, who had previously hoped to close the prison, which he regarded as a public relations disaster for the U.S. 

"Gitmo itself is a well-run prison, but I believe it continues to be a problem in the greater war effort," the South Carolina senator said in a March appearance on Fox News

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