Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Committee On The Judiciary, On the Need to Close the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay

“The detention facility at Guantanamo is a stain on our national reputation and it should be closed.  The Administration should continue expediting the transfer of the 52 cleared detainees, and accelerate the Periodic Review Board process to determine if additional detainees can be transferred.  Members of Congress must also reject bumper-sticker politics and remove the onerous and unnecessary restrictions contained in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act that stand in the way of finally bringing this terrible chapter to a close.”

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