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Moving Gitmo Detainees Unites Political Left and Right

Bev Rice, second from left, and others hold pictures of detainees during a 2013 hearing to examine the closing of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama already is hearing opposition from his political right over a coming plan to close the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility — and soon he will feel pressure from groups on his left.  

A coalition of human rights and civil liberties advocacy groups say they will  join voices on the right about the controversial issue of holding terrorism suspects indefinitely without any criminal charges or a trial. Defense attorneys who represent Guantánamo detainees are also concerned that the quality of life for some may change dramatically if they are transferred to U.S. facilities.  

Republicans Already Making Gitmo an Issue for 2016

Bennet leaves the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican National Committee plans an online advertising campaign in seven key states targeting a policy change by the Obama administration about the future of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.  

The RNC is looking to focus on Colorado, Kansas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, Missouri and Georgia, according to a GOP source familiar with the plan who shared details ahead of a formal announcement. Facilities in those states or close to them have been the subject of site visits by federal officials looking for a place to relocate Gitmo detainees.  

Senator Warns Defense Secretary of Blockade Over Gitmo

Roberts and Moran have been against transferring Gitmo detainees to Kansas. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congress is gearing up for another fight over relocating detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and that has Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter making calls.  

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., spoke with Carter Thursday and reiterated his intent to use procedural tools in the Senate to block the transfer of detainees from the naval base at Gitmo to sites on the mainland of the United States, particularly the prison facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  

Obama Ready to Cave on Guantánamo Again

Obama told a shopper Saturday he's working to close Guantanamo Bay, but he may sign a bill taking away his ability to do so. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama told someone at a bookstore over the weekend he was working on closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, but he appears to be getting ready for what has become a traditional year-end cave on the issue.  

It now seems all-but-certain the president will sign the National Defense Authorization Act, despite the expected inclusion of language effectively banning him from transferring Gitmo prisoners to U.S. soil — despite an earlier vow to veto such a bill.  

Ted Cruz to Push Moratorium on Guantanamo Transfers

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Ted Cruz plans an aggressive push to impose a moratorium on transferring detainees out of the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.  

Asked about the possibility of trying to attach his six month delay in additional transfers out of the detention facility to an upcoming appropriations bill, the Texas Republican said he would explore every option.  

Senate Bill Puts Guantanamo on Path to Close

The Senate Armed Services Committee has laid out a path for closing Guantanamo. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Thursday to give President Barack Obama the authority to close the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, unless veto-proof majorities in Congress object.  

Announcing the results of the annual marathon closed markup of the defense policy bill, Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., announced language related to the Guantanamo facility and transfer of detainees to U.S. soil.