Officials Hold Cabinet-Level Meeting On Guantanamo

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top officials of the Obama administration have met privately to discuss closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

Attorney General Eric Holder hosted the first Cabinet-level meeting of President Barack Obama's Guantanamo task force.

Participating in the meeting Monday, among others, were Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, CIA Director Leon Panetta and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Obama has pledged to close the facility for terror suspects within a year, and officials must decide which suspects to ship away to foreign countries and which to bring to trial in U.S. courts.

The group discussed standards for reviewing detainee cases, which detainee decisions will get priority, and what has been done to date.

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