- The Washington Times - Monday, June 13, 2005

The Bush administration and Congress yesterday split on whether the U.S. detention camp for terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be relocated to a different facility.

“The important thing here to understand is that the people that are at Guantanamo are bad people,” Vice President Dick Cheney said.

In an interview scheduled to air on Fox News tonight Mr. Cheney says there is “no plan to close” the Guantanamo center but that President Bush is reviewing the matter “on a continuous basis.”

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says no one is considering closing the facility.

“I know of no one in the U.S. government, in the executive branch, that’s considering closing Guantanamo,” Mr. Rumsfeld said last week.

However, Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says the White House itself is split, with some persons, whom he did not name, advising a politically motivated shutdown of the Guantanamo facility.

“I think they’re divided,” said Mr. Hunter, a conservative pro-military lawmaker of the White House mind-set.

“Some members of the White House have come to the conclusion that the legend is different than the fact. And when that’s the case, you go with the legend that somehow Guantanamo has been a place of abuse. And you close it down, and you shorten the stories, you shorten the

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