US Senate bill would preserve Guantanamo Bay prison

March 11, 2011 00:47


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WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama's already stalled bid to close the US prison for suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be blocked under legislation introduced on Thursday in the US Senate.

Offered by six senators -- five Republicans and former Democrat-turned-independent Joe Lieberman -- the measure would prohibit funding alternatives to the facility.

"Terrorists should be detained at Guantanamo Bay, and tried according to the laws of military justice," Senator Scott Brown, flanked by colleagues, told reporters on Capitol Hill.

Introduction of the bill came three days after Obama lifted a two-year freeze on new military trials at Guantanamo Bay and suggested that Congress was hurting national security by blocking attempts to move some trials to US civilian courts.

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