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Bush Allows For Possibility Of Closing Guantanamo Camp

9 June 2005 -- U.S. President George W. Bush yesterday left open the possibility today that the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be shut down following mounting criticism.

Bush said in a television interview with Fox that "we're exploring all alternatives as to how best to do the main objective, which is to protect America."

The Pentagon disclosed last week that U.S. guards or interrogators at Guantanamo kicked, stepped on, and splashed urine on the Koran.

The prison holds about 540 detainees. Some have been there more than three years without being charged with any crime. Most were captured on the battlefields of Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002 and were sent to Guantanamo Bay. The interrogators were hoping of extracting useful intelligence about the Al-Qaeda terrorist network.