Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Committee On The Judiciary, On The Repatriation Of Two Detainees At Guantanamo Bay Prison

“The status quo at Guantanamo is untenable, and today’s announcement is a welcome step toward the Administration’s stated goal of shuttering this unnecessary, expensive, and inefficient prison.  It is now time for Congress to act by passing a National Defense Authorization Act that removes the unnecessary and counterproductive statutory impediments that, for too long, have prevented the transfer of detainees.  This is a positive development that I hope will move us closer to closing a detention facility that does not reflect our Nation’s most basic principles of justice.”

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