Are Gitmo Detainees Coming To The U.S.?

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From Sky News:

“This report demonstrates that if the political will exists, we could finally close Guantanamo without imperilling our national security,” said Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman who released the recommendations.

The Government Accountability Office study shows that US prisons already hold 373 prisoners convicted of terrorism in 98 facilities across the country.

“As far as I know, there hasn’t been a single security problem reported in any of these cases,” Senator Feinstein said.

“This fact outweighs not only the high cost of maintaining Guantanamo – which costs more than $114m a year – but also provides the same degree of security without the criticism of operating a military prison in an isolated location.”

The Guantanamo detention centre currently holds 166 inmates
The study said there are six Defence Department prisons and 98 Justice Department prisons that could take the detainees.

But it does say that existing facilities may need to be modified and current inmates may need to be relocated to make room for the new arrivals.

President Barack Obama ordered the closing of the Guantanamo detention centre when he took office in 2009, but that was blocked by a Republican-led bill that cut off funding to move the detainees to the US.

Read the full story from Sky News.

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