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Public doesn't want Gitmo closed

CUBA-US-ATTACKS-ENDURING FREEDOM-AFGHANISTAN DETAINEESWhen it comes to closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, the public is siding with former Vice President Dick Cheney over President Obama. By a more than 2-1 majority, Americans don't want Gitmo closed, and by more than 3-1, they oppose moving some of the accused terrorists to U.S. prisons in their own states, according to a USA Today/Gallup survey. By 40 percent to 18 percent, the public also believes that Gitmo has strengthened national security, as Cheney contends, rather than weakened it by hurting the United States' standing around the world and serving as a recruitment tool for terrorists, as Obama argues.