Feinstein Introduced Bill to Close Guantanamo

Los Angeles Times:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a measure Monday to force the Pentagon to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and move the trials of Al Qaeda suspects to the United States.

But the Defense Department got another green light for those Guantanamo tribunals to continue, when the Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the appeal of two detainees who challenged the legality of the military commissions.

In a statement, Feinstein said the detention facility had hurt America’s credibility around the world because of allegations of abuse there and doubts about the legal rights afforded detainees.

“We must recognize the sustained damage this facility is doing to our international standing,” she said in the statement. “We are better served by closing this facility and transferring the detainees elsewhere.”

Feinstein’s measure would transfer Guantanamo detainees to military or civilian detention facilities in the United States or to their home countries. The legislation allows detainees who “pose no continuing security threat” to be released. Feinstein said she opposed “releasing any terrorists.”

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