Senate panel shows deep divisions on Guantanamo


WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep divisions among members of a Senate panel over whether to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, underscore the uphill battle President Barack Obama faces in fulfilling a five-year-old promise to shutter the facility.

Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, said at a hearing Wednesday that it's time to end a "sad chapter" in American history and close Guantanamo.

But Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, says if the facility is shut down there will be no place to send dangerous terror suspects.

Durbin says the Obama administration could be doing more to close the detention center. But he says that blame for the failure to shutter the prison rests primarily with Congress for imposing restrictions on the transfer of terror suspects at Guantanamo.

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