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 I'm not disappointed, I knew this was going to be hard, it's hard not only because of the politics; people I think understandably are fearful after a lot of years where they were told that Guantanamo was critical to keeping terrorists out. So, I understood that that had to be processed, but it's also just technically hard. I just think as usual in Washington things move slower than I anticipated. 
— Barack Obama says he is disappointed at missing his Jan. 22 deadline for closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, / November 18, 2009
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 We have spoken to the European Union about the possibilities of working with us and helping us in managing the closure of Guantanamo. Chancellor Merkel has been very open to discussions with us ... I don't anticipate that it's going to be resolved anytime in the next two or three months. I think it's going to be a longer process of evaluation. 
— Barack Obama about Guantanamo Bay / June 05, 2009
 We are going to exhaust every avenue that we have to prosecute those at Guantanamo who pose a danger to our country. But even when this process is complete, there may be a number of people who cannot be prosecuted for past crimes but who nonetheless pose a threat to the security of the United States... I am not going to release individuals who endanger the American people 
— Barack Obama on the detainees at Guantanamo Bay / May 21, 2009
 I have never argued, and I never will, that our most sensitive national security matters should be an open book 
— Barack Obama on withholding photos of harsh interrogation practices / May 21, 2009
 We are not going to release anyone if it would endanger our national security, nor will we release detainees within the United States who endanger the American people 
— Barack Obama on the detainees of Guantanamo Bay / May 21, 2009

 [Guantanamo Bay] became a symbol that helped al-Qaeda recruit terrorists to its cause ... likely created more terrorists around the world than it ever detained ... It is a rallying cry for our enemies. 
— Barack Obama on Guantanamo Bay / May 21, 2009
 I categorically reject the assertion that these are the most effective means of interrogation ... They undermine the rule of law. They alienate us in the world. They serve as a recruitment tool for terrorists ... They risk the lives of our troops. 
— Barack Obama on the interrogation methods used on the detainees at Guantanamo bay / May 21, 2009
 The president understands that his most important job is to keep the American people safe 
— Robert Gibbs on the President not deciding on where to keep the detainees held at Guantanamo Bay once it is closed / May 20, 2009
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 These reforms will begin to restore the Commissions as a legitimate forum for prosecution, while bringing them in line with the rule of law, 
— Barack Obama announcing resuming of military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba / May 15, 2009
 [Obama will do] what he believes is in the best security interests of the people of the United States 
— Robert Gibbs on Barack Obama's plans to resume military trials of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cub