To be even more clearly he added: “This is about closing a chapter in our history.” But the American President faces harsh political realities. The nine-page plan was immediately rejected by Republican presidential candidates and members of Congress and Democrats are skeptical. “What we received today is a vague menu of options, not a credible plan for closing Guantanamo, let alone a coherent policy to deal with future terrorist detainees,” Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said. On the other part, “responsibly closing the detention facility at GITMO and transferring detainees won’t be easy, but it is the right thing to do,” Sen. Jack Reed, a Democrat from Rhode Island and the ranking Democrat on the defense panel affirmed.
Of the current 91 remaining prisoners at Guantanamo, 35 have been approved by Pentagon for transfer to other countries and another 10 were in the process of being tried before military commissions. Facilities known to have been reviewed by Pentagon last year included the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and Midwest Joint Regional Corrections Facility at Leavenworth, Kansas; the Consolidated Naval Brig, Charleston, South Carolina; the Federal Correctional Complex, which includes the medium, maximum and supermax facilities in Florence, Colorado; and the Colorado State Penitentiary II in Canon City, Colorado, also known as the Centennial Correctional Facility.