Wire: Obama Admin Mulls Moving Guantanamo Prison Camp Inside US
Off the Wire:
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2009 -- Newswire services today reported that U.S. officials say the Obama administration is considering moving suspected terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to a prison in the United States that would have its own courtrooms for military and civilian trials.
The maximum-security facility would be jointly run by the departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security. Each department would oversee a different set of inmates, VOA News said.
Officials within the administration say the court-prison complex move is one option being considered as President Barack Obama's struggles to find a plan to fulfill his six month old order to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo by next January.
Officials say the facility would also house prisoners in indefinite detention.
There are about 230 inmates at the detention center.
The Associated Press was the first to report the proposal in a story published Sunday.
(Report from newswire sources.)
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