Gates Prepares Plan to Close Gitmo Should Obama Ask

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CBS News' Kimberley Dozier reports that Defense Secretary Gates, who will keep his post in the Obama administration, ordered a review be prepared on how to close Guantanamo Bay should the President-elect request one.

"If this is one of the president elect's first orders of business, the Secretary wants to be ready to assist," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters Thursday. Gates said "whatever we have done, let's update it, improve it, get it ready," Morrell added.

Secretary Gates has stated in previous briefings that one of the requirements of closing the detention center would be constructing legislation to build a statutory framework to control the prison population, Dozier reports.

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