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Colin Powell Says Closing Guantanamo Bay in America's 'Best Interest'

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    Colin Powell Says Closing Guantanamo Bay in America's 'Best Interest'
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    In this file, handout photo provided by the U.S. National Archives, Secretary of State Colin Powell meets in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in Washington, DC.

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday that closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center is in the "best interest" of the United States and the nation's moral standing in the world, NBC News reported.

    "Do we really need to keep this place open for 50 remaining detainees who we can easily move to a secure facility in the United States?" Powell asked on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports."

    Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Republicans are taking legal steps to prevent the White House from closing the U.S. prison facility in Cuba, telling reporters on Wednesday that Congress has enough votes to override any veto.