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Top military officer says Gitmo creates 'psychological scar'

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Gen. Martin Dempsey says Gitmo creates a psychological scar. Gen. Martin Dempsey says Gitmo creates a psychological scar.
WASHINGTON -

Count the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman among those who believe it's in the national interest to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Gen. Martin Dempsey says the facility at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba "does create a psychological scar on our national values. Whether it should or not, it does."

The U.S. has transferred of a number of detainees recently as President Barack Obama tries to make progress toward his goal of closing Guantanamo.

The prison population now is 127.

Dempsey says there still are "dozens" who must be held.

He tells "Fox News Sunday" that's a policy decision for elected officials - what to do if these detainees shouldn't be released and Congress doesn't allow them to be brought to the United States.

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