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Senate Panel to Hear Testimony on Closing of Gitmo

July 24, 2013

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin Wednesday called for swift and decisive action on closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee takes up the issue Wednesday, the first on the closing of the facility since 2009. It comes two months after President Obama announced new steps concerning the closure of Guantanamo.

Durbin will lead the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights hearing.

Durbin said in a release the hearing will take testimony on the continued indefinite detention of the 166 remaining detainees, including the 86 detainees who have been cleared for transfer.

"The president has called for the closing of the Guantanamo detention facility and many in Congress support him," Durbin said. "But Congress and the administration have been complicit in the current situation which harms our national security and leaves more than 150 detainees in limbo.

"We need to address the future of the prison swiftly and decisively. This hearing will be the first step toward putting this dark period behind us once and for all."

Source: Copyright UPI 2013

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