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Desde el avión presidencial (septiembre 27, 1970), el consejero de Seguridad Nacional Henry Kissinger llamó a su asistente militar, coronel Alexander Haig, para que insistiera con el embajador soviético en Washington, Anatoli Dobrinin, en el …

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Josh Earnest, Sec. de Prensa de la Casa Blanca: Cerrar la prisión de Guantánamo es de interés para la seguridad nacional; George W. Bush también quería cerrarla

Submitted by on September 16, 2016 – 1:54 pm

whchicaPREGUNTA: The House passed this bill about the — basically blocking Gitmo transfers. Your reaction? The President is going to veto this, obviously, if it gets that far, if the Senate passed it.

MR. EARNEST: Listen, I think we’ve made a strong case for why the President believes it’s in our national security interest to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Those individuals who are currently in the prison at Guantanamo Bay who cannot be transferred safely to other countries can be detained in the United States at a much lower cost, so we could save significant taxpayer dollars.

Keep in mind we are already detaining hardened, dangerous criminals in the United States. So this doesn’t require us to do anything differently than we’ve already been doing. We’ve already been doing this kind of thing. And that’s why the President believes that this is just a matter of common sense.

He’s not the only one who believes this. President George W. Bush advocated for the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. National security officials who served in high-ranking positions in the Bush administration believe that closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay is in the best interest of our national security. Military officials who dedicated their lives to protecting this country have indicated that they believe that the prison at Guantanamo Bay should be closed and that doing so would enhance our national security.

So the President and the bipartisan group of experts allied with him have made a powerful and persuasive case about closing the prison. And again, I understand the politics of this are tough, but when it comes to America’s national security, at some point that should rate higher on the priority list than an individual’s reelection prospects. (En THE WHITE HOUSE)