U.S. President Barack Obama outlines his plan to close the Guantanamo detention facility and urges Congress to give the plan a ''fair hearing'' before his time in office is up. Jillian Kitchener reports.
With less than a year left in office, President Obama made what is likely to be his final push to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, once and for all. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "For many years it's been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security. It undermines it." He's now urging Congress to give his final plan a fair hearing -- even in an election year. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "I don't want to pass this problem on to the next president, whoever it is." Officials say some 35 prisoners will be transferred from Guantanamo to other countries this year. For the remaining detainees, the Pentagon is suggesting 13 potential sites within the United States. The facilities are not identified. But Obama says, maximum security prisons have served the country well. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "So we can capture terrorists, protect the American people, and when done right, we can try them and put them in our maximum security prisons and it works just fine." Obama has been fighting to close the costly Guantanamo prison since he began his White House race in 2008...nearly eight years later, he's running out of time. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "Let us do what is right for America. Let us close this chapter."