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Report says U.S. prisons could take Gitmo detainees
 
The opening day of Guantanamo Bay prison camp, on Jan. 11, 2002: Gitmo's mere existence is a mark of shame for the Western world, says Elizabeth O'Shea at the Sydney Morning Herald.
The opening day of Guantanamo Bay prison camp, on Jan. 11, 2002: Gitmo's mere existence is a mark of shame for the Western world, says Elizabeth O'Shea at the Sydney Morning Herald.
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A newly released congressional report says that federal prisons in the U.S. could safely absorb the terrorism suspects being held at the controversial Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center, which is housed at a U.S. Navy base. The investigative report found that there are six Defense Department detention centers and more than 2,000 facilities that might be able to take in the 166 Guantanamo detainees, but all of the prisons would require major operational changes to accommodate the suspected terrorists. Still, says Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), "this report demonstrates that if the political will exists, we could finally close Guantanamo without imperiling our national security."

 

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