Close Gitmo, Powell Says

Posted Jun 11, 2007 10:35 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says he would close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay and move the detainees’ cases into the federal court system.

Powell told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the Guantanamo prison has hurt America’s reputation, according to a Washington Post account of the interview.

"Essentially, we have shaken the belief that the world had in America's justice system by keeping a place like Guantanamo open and creating things like a military commission," he said.

Powell also said detainees should have the right to lawyers and habeas corpus relief.


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