Should the US Prison at Guant-namo Bay Be Shut Down?

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Republican Arlen Spector, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans public hearings on reports of prisoner abuse at the Guantanamo Bay. Democrat Joseph Biden says the detention center's reputation makes it a "propaganda tool... for recruiting terrorists" and that it ought to be shut down. Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that he agrees. The Pentagon insists that it's saving lives by holding "known terrorists," gathering intelligence and preventing future attacks. Why are some prisoners still denied legal rights despite a ruling by the US Supreme Court? With its increasingly sinister reputation, is Guant-namo doing America more harm than good? We speak with former military officials committed to changing US foreign policy, experts in law and risk management, and a Pentagon consultant on terror.
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