Monday, August 3, 2009
The Obama administration could transfer Guantanamo detainees to be tried and detained at a hybrid military-civilian prison in the United States as part of a proposal being examined by U.S. security agencies, officials said Sunday.
The proposal for creating a combined detention and trial facility for Guantanamo inmates in an existing U.S. maximum-security prison is likely to be controversial. Congress has opposed bringing detainees to the United States, despite President Barack Obama’s vow to close the naval prison in Cuba by January.
Officials at the White House, Justice Department and other agencies confirmed that the idea of a “courtroom within a detention facility” was being examined. But officials emphasized that other options are under consideration.
“No decisions have been made,” said White House spokesman Ben LaBolt.
This article was posted: Monday, August 3, 2009 at 9:41 am