Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Obama Administration’s Executive Orders Related To Guantanamo Bay And Detainees

“The American justice system is the envy of the world, but the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has done immeasurable damage to that system.  Today’s announcement has done little to change that.  The process outlined in the Executive Order falls far short of core constitutional values by failing to provide judicial review of cases considered by the review board or guaranteeing meaningful assistance of counsel.  I am also concerned that these orders do little to bring us closer to closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay.  I will remain vigilant in Congress’s oversight of this issue.  I want very much to work with the Obama administration to resolve the detainee situation at Guantanamo Bay, but I believe we must charge suspects and bring them to trial, not establish a new system that contemplates indefinite detention.”

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