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White House Doesn't want Senate Investigations or Regulations into Guantenemo Bay
 


21 July 2005 at 7:05:26 PM
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The White House on Thursday threatened to veto a massive Senate bill for $442 billion in next year's defense programs if it moves to regulate the  Pentagon's treatment of detainees or sets up a commission to investigate operations at Guantanamo Bay prison and elsewhere.

The Bush administration, under fire for the indefinite detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and questions over whether its policies led to horrendous abuses at  Abu Ghraib prison in   Iraq, put lawmakers on notice it did not want them legislating on the matter.

In a statement, the White House said such amendments would "interfere with the protection of Americans from terrorism by diverting resources from the war."

"If legislation is presented that would restrict the president's authority to protect Americans effectively from terrorist attack and bring terrorists to justice," the bill could be vetoed, the statement said.

If this administration and the Pentagon has nothing to hide, why should they fear, to the point of veto, Congressional oversight of how Guantenemo Bay has been run, including the torture reports? It's not enough for the miiltary to police itself.

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Along that line, 52 prisoners at Guantenemo Bay are on a hunger strike aimed at the United States

The detainees have refused nine consecutive meals, said a statement issued by Joint Task Force Guantanamo, which is in charge of a facility opened in 2002 to hold captives from the US anti-terror campaign.

"Indications are that this is a temporary effort by some detainees to protest their continued detention," the statement said.

Prisoners who refuse food are treated with intravenous drips, and oral rehydration solutions including Gatorade energy drinks, water and oral nutritional supplements, the statement said.


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