The role of the prison in the war against terrorism and the treatment of suspects held there was a continuing controversy during the Bush administration. During his campaign, Barack Obama repeatedly pledged to close it if elected president.
Now, Obama has set a goal of shuttering the facility in Cuba within a year. And a large part of Holder's visit there on Monday will involve discussions with officials about detention and interrogation practices.
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No news reporters accompanied Holder on the flight, and it wasn't clear whether any of his visit there would be open to press coverage.