Thu, 12 May 2011 04:34:33 GMT

US Senators introduce legislation to keep Guantanamo Bay open

Washington: A group of US Senators have introduced a legislation that would keep the Guantanamo Bay open, days after the Obama Administration restated its intention to close down the detention camp.

US Senators introduce legislation to keep Guantanamo Bay open

The group, comprising five Senators, said US needs a safe place to keep terrorists, as they believe that the death of Osama bin Laden and the materials seized would result in arrests of more terrorists.

"I believe that the new intelligence collected in the raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, increases the likelihood that more terrorists will be captured in the near future. We are going to want to have a safe, first-rate facility in which we can house these people in order to keep them off the battlefield and gain intelligence from them," Senator Joe Lieberman said.

Earlier Senators Kelly Ayotte, along with Lindsey Graham, Joseph Lieberman, Saxby Chambliss, Scott Brown and Marco Rubio today introduced the 'Detaining Terrorists To Secure America Act' -- a legislation that would keep open the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility.

With questions remaining about where America would detain high-value terrorists it captures - as well as the lingering uncertainty about Guantanamo's future - this bipartisan bill addresses the urgent need to designate a single secure facility for the detention and interrogation of current and future terrorists.

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