[Rushtalk] McCain wants to close Guantanamo prison:

Carl Spitzer Winblows at lavabit.com
Tue Jun 25 19:07:20 MDT 2013


anyone wonder why he is called a RINO.
 



Support growing to close Guantanamo prison: senator McCain

Reuters – 19 hrs ago
http://news.yahoo.com/support-growing-close-guantanamo-prison-senator-172737217.html




        U.S. Senator John McCain walks after the opening ceremony of the
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday
there is increasing public support for closing the military prison at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and moving detainees to a facility on the U.S.
mainland.

"There's renewed impetus. And I think that most Americans are more
ready," McCain, who went to Guantanamo last week with White House chief
of staff Denis McDonough and California Democratic Senator Dianne
Feinstein, told CNN's "State of the Union" program.

McCain, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he
and fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, are
working with the Obama administration on plans that could relocate
detainees to a maximum-security prison in Illinois.

"We're going to have to look at the whole issue, including giving them
more periodic review of their cases," McCain, of Arizona, said.

President Barack Obama has pushed to close Guantanamo, saying in a
speech in May it "has become a symbol around the world for an America
that flouts the rule of law."

The camp holds 166 prisoners picked up in the war on terrorism, most of
whom have been held without charges for more than a decade.

McCain and others who favor closing the prison have been unable to
overcome opposition in Congress, where many Republicans say the
administration has not offered satisfactory alternatives on what to do
with the detainees.

Meanwhile, detainees have complained of abuse and torture, which the
administration denies, while rights activists and international
observers have criticized the government's use of the prison.

Obama, a Democrat who promised in his 2008 election campaign to close
the prison, pledged last month to lift a ban imposed on transfers
of Guantanamo detainees to Yemen, one of the core obstacles to clearing
out the detention camp.

Of the 86 detainees who have been cleared for transfer or release, 56
are from Yemen, where al Qaeda has a dangerous presence. An unknown
number of the 80 other prisoners at the camp who are not cleared are
Yemeni as well.

More than 100 prisoners in the camp have joined a hunger strike to
protest the failure to resolve their fate after more than a decade of
detention, and 41 are being force-fed through tubes inserted into their
noses and down into their stomachs because they have lost so much
weight.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Vicki Allen)




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