Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Republicans aim to stop transfers from Guantanamo

Citing the terrorist attacks in Paris, newly empowered Republican senators on Tuesday proposed restrictions on President Obama’s ability to transfer terrorism suspects out of the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the remainder of his term.

“Now is not the time to be emptying Guantanamo,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference in which she warned of fresh threats and bemoaned recent releases from the prison at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

The legislation would bar transfers to Yemen for two years, suspend the transfer of high- or medium-risk terrorism suspects for the same period and repeal current law that has allowed the administration to transfer prisoners to foreign countries and reduce the population at Guantanamo.

The bill would also prohibit transfers of terrorism suspects to foreign countries if there has been a confirmed case in which an individual was transferred from Guantanamo and later engaged in any terrorist activity.


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