WASHINGTON (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called together several top administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, to consider what to do with the detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison.
The unannounced meeting of the Guantanamo Bay Detainee Review Task Force was convened at the Justice Department.
It also included Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, CIA Director Leon Panetta, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, White House Counsel Gregory Craig, and Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Randy Beers, representing DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
"As coordinator of the task force, the attorney general discussed with his counterparts the process that will be used for carrying out the president's order mandating a review of all Guantanamo Bay detainees and closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within a year," said a statement issued by the Justice Department.
"They also discussed standards for detainee review, factors that will be considered in prioritizing detainee reviews, and progress that has been achieved thus far," the statement said.
The meeting on the complex and politically sensitive issue was chaired by Holder, and included his executive director of the task force, Justice Department counterterrorism chief Matthew Olsen.
Holder traveled to Guantanamo Bay two weeks ago to tour the facility, and returned saying the prisoners were being treated well, and he was "impressed by the professionalism" of the prison staff personnel. Holder also stressed how difficult the process would be to sort out the remaining 240-plus prisoners. He said he expected the review process to take much of the year, but added he was committed to keeping the president's promise that the facility would be closed by next January.