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President Obama hopes to transfer a first wave of the last of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners to America in the coming months as part of plans to finally shut down the notorious prison in Cuba.
The US could transfer 35 prisoners to American soil in the coming months and up to 60 by the end of the year, officials from the Obama administration said as the plans were submitted to Congress.
A Pentagon plan to close Guantanamo lists 13 US-based facilities which could be used for the transfers.
Officials said a one-time cost of closing the notorious facility and moving prisoners ranges from $290 million to $475 million (£205m - £337m).
The Obama administration hopes to work with Congress to change the law to allow the transfers of prisoners, though administration officials warned time is of the essence.
Shaker Aamer told ITV News he felt like he was "frozen for 14 years" being detained without charge at Guantanamo.
He said: "I know everyone thinks I'm a very strong person. I try so hard to act normal. It's hard.
"There's no better feeling than freedom. I thank my Lord that I am back with my wife and my kids."
Shaker Aamer has told ITV News he felt like a "rat in a box" during his time at Guantanamo Bay.
He said he felt like he was an "animal there for an experiment" and described being beaten, hog-tied and deprived of being able to pray.
"As soon as they knew it was time for prayer they [the guards] would turn the music up and start playing Born In The USA, Bruce Springsteen," he said.
Shaker Aamer has admitted he travelled on a false passport as it was the only way he could leave the country.
Him and his wife and children later travelled to Taliban-led Afghanistan using the document.
He said Afghanistan was where they felt "comfortable" as his wife had suffered abuse in the UK because she wore traditional Muslim dress.
A former Attorney General has told ITV News there should be answers to the question of whether British intelligence agents were complicit in alleged torture at Guantanamo Bay.
Lord Goldsmith, who was in the role when Briton Shaker Aamer entered the camp in 2002, said he was "unhappy" that a previous inquiry into the treatment of detainees finished without coming to a "definitive conclusion" over whether detainees were tortured.
In his first television interview, Mr Aamer - who was held in the camp for 14 years - told Julie Etchingham he wants to see an inquiry into allegations of British complicity.
"I hope British agents were not involved or complicit in any way in torture or mistreatment - that's not what they are supposed to do, that's not the British way of dealing with these things," Lord Goldsmith said.
"If the allegations are true, we need to know and they need to be dealt with. If they are not true, the people that were involved, as it were, need to be cleared."
There would be no "great benefit" in conducting an inquiry into allegations made by Shaker Aamer that British authorities knew about torture at Guantanamo Bay, Admiral Lord West has said.
Speaking to ITV News, the former Labour security minister said:
"I'm never convinced about public inquiries, I'm scarred by inquires that seem to go on for years and years and years and cost millions and millions and millions and I don't think achieve much ...
... I'm not sure in this circumstance whether a full judicial inquiry would be of any great benefit."
The chair of parliament's intelligence and security committee has urged Shaker Aamer to submit evidence to its behind-closed-doors inquiry into alleged UK complicity in torture.
Mr Aamer, the last Briton to be released from Guantanamo Bay, has demanded a full public inquiry into the actions of the security services.
In his first TV interview, Mr Aamer told ITV News that British intelligence officers were complicit in his detention and torture.
Former attorney general Dominic Grieve told ITV News the allegations "have to be taken very seriously and we will do so" as he called on Mr Aamer to cooperate with his inquiry.
"It is very much in our interests to look at and find out what happened," he added.
Asked whether former prime minister Tony Blair and former foreign secretary Jack Straw would be called to give evidence, Mr Grieve said: "The committee will decide as it goes along who it calls. I rule nobody in and rule nobody out."