>> this is aljazeera america, lining from new york city, i'm tony harris. one last try, president obama tries to close down the prison at guantanamo bay. taking a gamble on donald trump. it is almost caucus time for republicans in nevada. the growing debate over apple's refusal to unlock an iphone for the fbi. bill gates weighs in, and teaching children about their culture through music.
>> president obama put forward a plan today to close down guantanamo bay, cuba. and it faces opposition from congress. more on that, but first jamie mcintyre has a closer look at the president's plan. >> tonyant president insisted that he's very clear i.d. about the hurdles facing the closure of guantanamo, he said that the politics are very tough. but he asked the congress and the american people to "step back and take a look at the facts." seven years after signing an order to close guantanamo, a bruised and battle wear president obama was pleading with congress to give it a chance. >> i don't want to pass this problem onto the next president, whoever it is, and as a nation, if we don't deal
with this now, when will we deal with it? are we going to let this linger on for another 15 years, 20 years, another 30 years? >> reporter: over the years, some 800 prisoners have been held at guantanamo. and from that, more than 500 were released from other countries during the burke administration. president obama transferred 147 more, and now there are just 91 left. what the pentagon sent congress was a four-point plan to deal with those 91 and permanently close the prison camp, which president obama argues is a stain on america's reputation and a recruiting tool for america's enemies. the plan would controversy the detainees by this summer. and proceed with legal action against ten detainees, including possible foreign prosecution, and work with congress to find a way to bring
the detainees to a facility in the united states. but for opponents, bringing terror suspects to the u.s. is a non-starter. >> guantanamo is being emed by this president. we should be putting people into guantanamo, not emptying it out, and we should not be releasing these killers, who are rejoining the battlefield against the united states. >> obama argued that it would it save up to $85 million a year for the cost of guantanamo, and he says that those such as boston marathon bomber, dzhokar tsarnaev, shows that u.s. can and does convict them in the u.s. courts. >> we're already he holding a bunch of dangerous terrorists in the united states because we threw the back at them, and there of been incidents. we have managed it just fine.
>> as the president marshaled his arguments for closing gitmo, there's one thing that he didn't mention. something that the white house doesn't want to talk about, that's not specifically ruled out. and that is a lame duck president in the closing months of his term could use his executive power as commander in chief to transfer the remaining detainees to u.s. soil and close guantanamo in defiance, but that should cause a be constitutional crisis. >> jamie mcintyre, president obama wants congress to work with him to close the facility. but lawmakers, especially republicans, do not seem be inclined to support his plan. libby casey joins us from capitol hill. and what are the lawmakers saying about the president's proposal here? >> they're frankly representing it, tony, one, they don't want to bring detainees to the united states and how's them
here, and many are saying they don't want to close guantanamo down. mitch mcconnell, the top republican in the senate saying that guantanamo is the perfect place to house terrorists. he reacted quickly to the president's plan. >> we'll review president obama's plan, but since it includes bringing dangerous terrorists to facilities in the u.s., you should know that the bipartisan will of congress has already been expressed against that proposal. >> reporter: so there are also republicans responding from states that the pentagon is looking at to house some of the detainees, south carolina, texas, colorado, and the pentagon did work last year to see if there were maximum security facilities where these men could be held. and they said that it's just not safe to bring them into our communities, tony, and the
public is roundly pushing back on the white house. >> yes, as we would expect. but here's the question. can we expect congress to take any kind of action, at least while president obama is still in office? >> yeah, we do expect to see hearings on capitol hill. we got an indication today that we could expect that, especially in the house, but the question is, what will those hearings really yield? will it be a chance for further it discussion, or a chance for the republicans to push back and give theirering arguments to the american people? president obama seems fully aware that have as you'll hear in a minute. >> in congress, i recognize, in part because of some of the fears of the public that have been fanned oftentimes by misinformation, there continues to be a fair amount of opposition to closing guantanamo. if it were easy, it would have happened years ago, as i want to, and as i've been working to try to get done.
but there remains bipartisan support for closing it. and given the stakes involved for our security, this plan of deserves a fair hearing. >> reporter: tony, i want to point out that both the president and the senate talked about bipartisan shifts and perspective, but they're clearly coming from very different places. one reaction came from john mccain, who is a powerful voice here on capitol hill when it comes to foreign policy, and he called the president's plan vague. but president obama can't do much without congress getting onboard in some fashion, and they're just not willing to play ball. >> shut it down, that's what he's saying. libby casey for us, and thank you. the presidential candidates are also criticizing the president's plan, and mike the l
shure is live in las vegas, and what are the candidates saying? >> well, the republican candidates are saying no different than what libby is reporting from capitol hill. and i have to remind you, john mccain when he was running for president ran saying that they should shut guantanamo down, and there has been an evolution away from it, largely because president obama is presenting it, and a lot of it because they don't think that he has a solution. today, marco rubio had this to say about guantanamo. >> this makes no sense to me. number one, we're not giving back an important naval base to a communist dictatorship. and if i'm president, they're not going to get a court in manhattan, they're going go to guantanamo and we're going to
find out everything that we know. >> it should be known that hilliary clinton issued a statement on guantanamo, saying that it has inspired more terrorists than it has imprisoned, and so her position is clear, she's aligning herself with president obama to close it down. >> amazing represent rick, and donald trump is the front frontrunner, but tonight, something from ted cruz and marco rubio, what would make it a good night for them? >> well, if you start with cruz, it would be a good night if you doesn't get walloped by marco rubio. there has been a lot of momentum by rubio's court recently. more momentum and money. and he came at it, i would say that it was momentum that came from new hampshire to south carolina. he hasn't won a contest, but he comes here wanting to
capitalize off of jeb bush. so any of this sort of recent momentum that rubio may have gotten may not have transferred into new republican registrants. so that works in at the ted cruz's favor, and it's obviously a guessing game. but we'll see. 30,000 registrants. >> the pugh hispanic center said that nevada has the highest number of people living in the country illegally, and does that help donald trump? >> it's hard to say, what hurts donald trump is really the question. and we haven't seen it yet. if you look at this kind of fact in nevada, voters are sick and tired that have, and those are the types of voters that will support donald trump. but again, he's being exactly as he is throughout. and there was somebody in the crowd that he wasn't happy with
there, and he went to this kind of rhetoric. >> honestly, i hate to see that. here's a guy throwing punches, nasty as hell and screaming when we're talking, and the guards are very gentle with him, and he's walking out smiling and laughing, and i would like to punch him in the face, i'll tell you. [ laughter ] >> so you say what helps and what hurts? when you look at a candidate like that, it's hard to say that anything hurts. >> the race in 2016 as we discuss it this evening. michael shure, and democrats, vying for votes in south carolina. and john, bernie sanders, he picked up an endorsement today that could possibly help him with african-american voters. >> could, maybe, possibly, probably not, quite frankly. >> spike lee.
i mean, spike lee, and oddly, a reigning political endorsement. it's better to have him than not. votes for the sanders campaign, it's very difficult to see how that translates into that many. this is a primary and not a caucus, and hillary is already 20 points ahead in the polls. and the problem is, the african-american vote, that's the one being courted right now, and that community knows clinton's name all too well, and hardly knows who sanders is. they have very little time now, and that's why bernie sanders will go tonight and not come back to south carolina until
friday. he's campaigning elsewhere in the country where he thinks that he can do better. >> what are we looking to hear from tonight's town hall there in south carolina? >> sanders has to show that he's more than a progressive that he can deliver, and he can be pro being active. the secretary has to show that she's more than a wonk, but she knows all of the facts and figures and has been at it for years, but sometimes doesn't relate to the ordinary person as they live their lives, and we'll have to see how it pans out. the lawyer who represents the families of trayvon martin and make ool brown, he teamed a hillary breaking down barriers event in the capital of south carolina, and this is his reason for voting for hillary. >> it's a clear choice. which way do we want to take
the country? do we want to take it where it's going to be divided and we're going to continue to talk about these people outside of the american dream on the fringes, or are we going to have a president like hurricaney rad am clinton, where all of us get to participate in the american dream? >> sanders supporters and hillary supporters in the state, we'll have to se see. >> and bernie sanders is supporting president obama's wanting to had shut down guantanamo bay, and at the same time bashing secretary clinton's gitmo record? >> he came out and said he supports what the president had done, the bombshell announcement and at the same time, he bashed hillary over the head by criticizing her
voting record. but both of them, when they were in the senate, had taken votes, and sanders voted to not bring the remaining prisoners home to the u.s., and so that remains open and now he's very in favor of closing it. the secretary voted in 2003 to close t. and now she's on the president's side to close it down. does it matter? no, it doesn't, especially here in the palmetto state. here they care about jobs and justice reform. and they have probably not heard of guantanamo bay. that's how far down it is in the list of importance for voters in this state. and don't forget that both are courting the african-american vote here, and that's the constituency that they want. those are far more important than guantanamo bay in anybody's mind here. >> columbia, south carolina, that's the state capital.
secretary of state john kerry said that he's waiting to see the outcome of the problems in syria. but there could be lasting peace. >> as long as assad is there, you cannot stop the war. because of the grievous events that have transpired over the course of the last years. people don't see how someone who has gassed his own people, driven so many of them into refugee status and displaced, tortured them, starved them, barrel bombed them, how he's going to be the glue to bring it back together is beyond anybody's understanding. >> secretary kerry said that there are option b which include military action. up next on the program, apple versus the fbi. bill gates joins in the debate
the presidential election. >> the judicial committee unanimously recommended that there be no hearings, and number two, this nomination will be filled by the next president, elected in november. >> mcconnell said that the senate has a constitutional right to withhold consent of the nominee, but called on congress to had delay, delay, delay. the associated president has argued that apple plan -- ty want to unlock an iphone that belonged to one of the san bernardino shooters. while they're supporting the fight, microsoft cofounder disagrees, he said that apple should be helping the fbi in this case. >> the government has gone to phone companies and banks and lots of companies to gather
information. it's a good debate to be having. i'm hopeful that government safeguards and in various country to country will be enough that people feel like this could work. >> we should tell that you today there have been rallies at apple stores across the country. jacob ward is in san francisco for us. >> tony, it's hard to emergency any multinational company getting the public support that it has for standing in the way of the fbi trying to investigate the belongings of a mass murderer, but here we are. here's the world that we live n and that, combined with the rallies going on across the country, combined with the public jousting going on between fbi director, james comey and am's president, has made this. >> the battle over a single i-phone has become a war. on sunday, fbi director, james
comey posted an open letter. but on tuesday, people were gathering at apple stores all over the country with their solidarity with the country's richest technology company. the chair of the senate intelligence committee, richard burr, who had been trying to get the encryption has reportedly backed away from it. apple has until friday to file its opposition for assistance, but in the meantime, the fbi and apple are saying what they would like to see next. director comey said the question should be resolved by the american people, deciding how we want to govern ourselves in a world we have never seen
before. while am suggested that the government form a commission for other panels of experts on intelligence and civil liberties to discuss education and privacy and personal freedoms. meanwhile, the phone in question sits somewhere in the fbi custody, it's secrets intact. tony, it's worth noting that this is probably not going to be a technological problem in the future that apple will never face again. they are trying to take themselves out of the fight, and the thing s. as we have seen with director comey's philosophical statements about the kind of world that we want to live in, apple before congress and the american people, and now bill gates' somewhat murky comments, nobody understands what the future should be. but this is a pivotal moment in
the fight against freedom and technology. >> that's a great point for ouring discussion. from technology and defense, patrick joins me from washington d.c. and director comey says, we don't want to break anyone's encryption or set a master key loose on the land. i hope that thoughtful people will take the title to understand that. you look like a pretty thoughtful person to me, and what does dr. comey want us to believe about this request, and what do you believe a fallout will be with apple? >> on his face, a lot of reasonable things in it that the fbi has said, and apple could in fact keep the operating system that they install on this phone, that bypasses this key security feature, that wipes the data
off the phone after sen unsuccessful attempts have been made. so on its face, it's reasonable. but there's something else going on here. >> tell me the something else. >> on the face, it's about the phones, but the fbi has about 12 other phones that it has that it would like access to. the district attorneys for manhattan has 174 phones, and the potential that it has created, a precedent is set. where a technology company is forced to create software for the government that actually destroys a key feature of one of its incredibly popular product, and there in lies the rub. so one of the things that's not mentioned in his post, this is not really about justice or a single investigation, but not
only do those other phones that the fbi have argue against that, but comey himself has said repeatedly, this is an ongoing problem. they have budgeted in the federal budget, millions of dollars for fighting encryption. a going dark budget from capitol hill. and he can testify, saying that this is a big problem for us, and this is why we're having this case right now, if this is in a closed setting -- >> great answer, let me get to another question before i run out of time. so apple wants congress to settle this. given that the chairman of the intelligence committee, richard bar, he is backing away from a bill to criminalize the company that doesn't help the government break encryption. why back away? what political reality might the senator be responding to?
>> well, this is a lot of passion on both sides of this as we've seen. if thand the thing about the encryption, the idea that it's just privacy versus privacy doesn't work. it's election security versus it security. so the question of how we're going to keep our data from say china, and from saint actors that want to steal it, encryption is a big part of it, and so is password safety. apple offers it to a lot of people. and though this is a highly politicized case, even though the scummers don't feel that they're with am. >> tell us why you personally are surprised that this issue is so complicated.
apple maintains this a lot. it's not something that they don't believe that they should create. but technologically, the danger of the technology, it rises ex spoken essentially. apple and the fbi have found ways to help each other in different ways. and it's a very politically charged thing. is. >> technology editor for defense, and joining me from washington d.c. still ahead on the program, young voters don't just impact elections. a report from teheran, and the controversial new radar that's
>> for many years, it has been clear that the detention facility at guantanamo does not advance our national security. it under mines it. >> well, that was president obama making a final attempt for getting congress onboard for getting congress to close the military prison at guantanamo. guantanamo once held over 800
people, and now it's down to 91 detainees. david schuster looks at the cost of keeping it open. >> reporter: the u.s. military detention facility at guantanamo bay has been controversial from the start. brake light an u.s. naval station off the coast of cuba, in the 1990s it was a holding station for refugees intercepted at sea. and then september 11th, 2021. in response to the 9/11 attacks, and the subsequent war in afghanistan, the u.s. military repurposed the gitmo camp to hold detainees in the war on terror. they called them enemy cop battents, and claimed that because they were not on u.s. soil, they were not covered by the u.s. constitution. >> there's an enemy in a works
and wants to hurt america. so you bet, we're aggressively pursuing them. >> over the last 13 years, the prison has held 1700 people. and the cost is $2 million a year, or the total of $5 billion count, and critics say that there have been huge costs to america's prestige and moral authorities. dozens of prisoners and their lawyers engage that facilitators engage in torture. >> i tried to forget guantanamo, but sadly i can't. i keep hearing the word because there are so many people there. i decide to it stop talking to them and that's when the suffering started. >> prisoners describe routine humiliation. years ago, he was meant to take part in the 9/11 attacks.
the report said that he was tied to a leash, and forced to perform dog tricks, wear a bra and dance with a man. they conferred this, but said such tactics were not illegal or inhumane. >> we used progression techniques that they are prepared for, will not work, so the attempt is to get him into their space and cause them discomfort and create a situation where they start to talk and we get information. >> a year later, the pentagon said that three of the detainees committed suicide. >> this needs to be the year congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers, and we close the prison at guantanamo bay. >> in 2008, barack obama said he will shut down the prison, and three days after his inauguration, he issued an order to close the facility
within a year. >> the message that we're sending around the world is that the united states intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism. and we're going to do so in a manner that's assistant with our values and our ideas. >> reporter: the administration planned to transfer prisoners, dozens of them to the united states, but the plan faced fierce opposition from nearly all republicans and several deputies, and the effort to close guantanamo bay began to dran. >> we want to close it, and it's not for lack of trying. >> some prisoners were released back to their home country, but tension inside of gitmo speculated, leading to clashes two years ago between detainees
and guards, and later a hunger strike by almost he detainee. it remains divisive of the u.s. military justice in the post-9/11 world. >> more rough waters in the south china sea. according to the center for studies, china has built more had facilities, and they say that it could be key for helping china establish over the islands and airspaces. and today, john mccain discussed it. >> has any of this surprised you? >> no, it has not surprised me. in my opinion, china is clearly militarizing the south china sea, and you would have to believe in a flat earth to think otherwise. >> china is not said that it's only for civilian purposes.
>> iran has body that will elect a supreme leader. possibly losing control of partly for the first time in a decade. >> iran's old guard is rallying around. they called an alliance of conservatives and the hardliners. these clerics are being briefed to tell people it's their duty to turn out and giver support. the enemy wants to think of great. america wants to get in again through the back door. it wants to infill straight our centers for decision making. >> reporter: posted outside of a mosque, an array of candidates in what will be the most hotly contested elections in a decades. conservatives and hardliners
put their emphasis on mosques and the reformists, be tecting with the tech savvy people, and there are many of them. one look at the coffee kurt, the websites, along with interpret, manage effectively. one in four iranians are using the telegraph act, which is escaping any blocks. and one teacher wants an end to the restrictions. >> i do care about it. because we're all human beings, and we all have a right. >> it would be wrong to say that there's out right dissent here, but the people do want change. >> one of the most important achievement of rouhani is fulfilling his promise to get sanctions listed. this made had people happy
after eight difficult years. the popularity of rouhani, seen at a medal award ceremony with the negotiations and the nuclear deal, but hardliners control key islamic institutions. the conservatives have 6,000 mostly mott rats and reformers, and that's half of those who want to stand in the parliamentary election. it also barred nearly 80% of those candidates in the assembly of experts, and that's the body which will likely choose the next supreme leader. for now, absolute power still lies with the supreme leader, even if the conservatives and the hardliners lose control. aljazeera, teheran. >> the cdc is looking into whether dozens of reports of sexual transmission of the zika
virus here in the united states. in most of the 14 cases, it appears that women got the virus from men who had traveled to zika affected areas. this confirms or suggests that sexual transmission is more possible than first thought. and stopping the spread might prove more difficult. hope for some home buyers who might not have enough money for for a down payment. it's starting to spark fears of reckless lending once again. >> reporter: bank of america's loan program only requires 3% down and no mortgage insurance, and it gets around the federal housing administration, or fha, the agency which backs payment loans. they penalized big banks in recent years for the loans. >> the loans against the fha.
and good luck to dialing back as much as they can, to come up with an alternative that is actually more affordable to borrowers than fha. >> bank of america will sell them to a loan program and they will sell them to funny may. they have been little used by home buyers, partly because like b of a's new loan, they require a high credit score and strict underwriting. that's different from the housing crisis. >> you still have to verify your assets and your income, and reportedly, there's counseling involved by a self-help group in terms of getting a mortgage. so those are features that we never saw during the sub-prime boom. >> for now, b of a plans to issue no more than $500 million of the new loans.
>> that's right, we're in the middle of a tornado outbreak that we haven't seen in this month in this area for several years, and it's going to continue through the night. let's get to t. we have a lot to talk about. texas, we saw a lot of damage last night with wind damage there, and no tornadoes, but as we move through the area, i want to show you what we're looking at right now, because we're seeing a lot of activity across louisiana and mississippi as well as alabama. let me show you where the 14 tornadoes we have been seeing across parts of louisiana, mississippi and now alabama. let me show you first, across lake pontchartrain, these are waterspouts, and not just one, but you can see three waterspouts associated with them there. and also, i want to take you over here towards prairieville. and this is where we saw a lot of damage as well in this area. one person died in baxter, louisiana, and then we have
live video coming up right now of convent, louisiana, showing -- they're in the wrong place at the moment. but they had damage in the trailer park there. current warnings and watches are still out. and we're looking at alabama right now, tornado warnings in the western part of the state. down here toward the south, the biloxi gulf port, those warnings are dropped and we're looking at watches across that region. tonight, we're going to see incredible amounts of moisture coming up across the area. these are a few of those tornadoes and severe weather across the region, and that's going to continue for the evening tonight. and tomorrow, we'll be shifting our focus over here to the east coast, up toward north carolina, where the threat won't be as bad as tonight. but still we'll be seeing tornadoes there. >> yeah, that's a rough seen, kevin, appreciate it, and good to see you, thank you. aid is slowly making its
way to fiji. the islands were decimated this weekend. flattened communities in the pacific island chain. >> reporter: it has taken nearly three days, but help is tumming to some of the fiji an islands. the cyclone onboard the spirit of harmony, and people returning to what's left of their homes. this is the second boat in two days. communication was cut. from the outside world. the shores, it was devastating. >> a day later, this is the first trip with passengers, carrying people back who happened to be away for the storm, and these are the first glimpses of their homes since.
>> total destruction. it's worse. >> this island used to be lush and is green. and the coastal villages used to be intact. the ship docked 45 minutes before dusk. with no power on, passengers had 45 minutes daylight to see up close what the wind and pounding waves had done. not far from the dock was krishna, seeing the ruins of his home. >> very sudden, it's devastating like this. very sorry krishna's house is not theention exception. three people died, given the damage, that number is low.
i came here to see what people thought about the upcoming election. i chose to come to this island because it was one of fiji's prettiest. i stayed in this village, but look at it now, complete devastation. dusk and then dark hit, the damage, but not the consequences. many have nowhere to sleep but outdoors. andrew thomas, fiji. >> soccer's governing body will elect a new president this week. the group has been rocked by a corruption and bribery scandal. the sport continues to suffer from a lack of funding. aljazeera america, andrew reports. >> reporter: this is the headquarters of the fifa. nine of the eleven executives are no longer serving, either in jail or wanted for
questioning. >> nothing that happens in football surprises me anymore. not here or anywhere else. it doesn't surprise me. it would surprise me if we saw something good happening. >> he replaces one of the many being investigated in corruption in world football. [ foreign dialogue ] >> he's also pair guy an. and if you ask me, real change, we don't know yet. >> it must continue. the fans keep coming, and talking about dealing with be violence and corruption, but doing very little about t he
began here, eventually pursuing his dreams in europe. many more follow and keep following him. however, the concrete benefits from sales are rarely apparent in his ranshakled grounds. so where is the money? >> that's a good question. we need to do better, so the money we get for the players goes. poor management. what can i say in maybe just bad business. it's not run how it should be run. >> many believe that the problems affecting world football, corruption and lack of transparency must be tackled here in south america before world football can get it's house in order. >> if we don't investigate where that money goes. >> the fans have spoken, and the investigations continue.
>> 11,000 people were killed by ebola. the illness took hold across west african just over two years ago, and there's still no cure. sierra leone and liberia were hit by what was described as an epidemic. this place, los angeles, is a world away from that that you saw in 2013 and beyond. but believe it or not, there's a link between liberia and l.a. this year, because ebola, or rather a film about it, is offered in one of the world's top award ceremonies, and it could very well take an oscar in a few days time. this is it, the tale of the red cross workers who collected dead bodies. it's up for best documentary short at sunday's awards. this is the site of the oscars without celebrity.
this is real life and death, as raw as it comes. >> every day, i would fear the worst, that i would be next, and that anxiety really played in my head during this production. it was a small glimmer of what it was like to be one on these teams, day in and day out. "body team 12" is a tribute. >> it tells the story of a nurse, ostracized by her community because she went to help in a place where few dared. but there's hope here too. >> the country had gone through a civil war and there was not much to fight for, and a few of these brave liberians were fighting for the nation, and fighting for the rest of us, the whole world. >> the film has already won one big award, best documentary short at last year's tribeca film festival. and it's critical that tales
like these are shared. >> it's about real people who did something at a time in world history when the whole world was afraid. if we had not captured the moment. >> the epidemic is officially over, and without these people, how much longer would it have taken? and how many more victims would have died? >> what did we do to help liberia? >> zimbabwe's ancient cultures are dying, and so they are trying to teach about it, especially the music. >> nine-year-old megan recently started playing the thumb piano, with a wooden board and keys attached to it. each key is a different note. ♪ it's part of the school curriculum. officials say that
many children either don't know or don't want to understand the culture. >> like the other english instruments like guitar, this is from my country, and it has a very beautiful sound. >> some have a resonator to amplify the sound. the bright colors appeal to the children. they have been used for centuries. there are more than 2,000 state run schools in zimbabwe. and they would to have at least 14 of them in each school, but the problem is that not many teachers now how to play them. some african musicians were banned, and in other cases, they were forgotten. he hopes that in time, more people were fall in love with
the smoothing sound. >> they identify with them, with the instrument. but if you ask them realistically have they ever touched one, they would remember, but the embiron, everybody knows about it,. >> but that could be a challenge. some don't want their children playing this instrument. >> that could change, as more involve the famous instrument and it's unique sound.
>> and that's all our time, thank you for being with us, and i'm tony, john seigenthaler is up next with more of today's >> tony, thanks, we begin in washington where the president is trying to make good on a campaign promise to close the guantanamo bay prison in cuba. the president promised to shutdown the facility before he leaves office and transfer the remaining detainees to prisons in the u.s. he asked the chronicles and american people to step back and look at the facts. >> a bruised and battle-weary obama was reduced to pleading with an unsympathetic congress to give his plan a chance. >> i don't want to pass this problem on to the next presidt,