July 28, 2013
Though president Obama recommitted to closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay in May, the first Senate hearing in five years held to discuss precisely that topic was notable for the lack of any White House witnesses.
On Wednesday, the Senate held its first hearing since 2009 on whether to shut down Guantanamo. It was chaired by Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill, one of the strongest proponents of the facility’s closure, who came up with a suggestion of how to do just that.
“We can transfer most of the detainees to foreign countries. And we can bring the others to the United States, where they can be tried in federal court or held under the law of war until the end of hostilities,” Durbin said as cited by AP.
This vision seemed unacceptable to some of the Republican Senators, as RT’s Liz Wahl reported from the hearing.
“We did hear some concern now from Senator Ted Cruz [R-Texas] about what would happen if this base were to close, where these detainees were going to be transferred if this base does in fact shut down. Certainly there’s fear there among several Republicans concerning what exactly these detainees would do, where they would be sent. Certainly people don’t want them to be sent on US soil,” Wahl said.