WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that the prison at Guantanamo Bay is damaging US interests and vowed to renew a push to close the jail, amid a widening hunger strike among inmates.
Condemning the prison as a legal "no man's land," Obama told a White House news conference that it was time Congress agreed to shut the jail and said the military was trying to keep starving detainees alive.
"I continue to believe we have to close Guantanamo. I think it is critical for us to understand that Guantanamo is not necessary to keep America safe," he said, in reponse to a reprter's question on the hunger strike.
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