Today, the Senate voted to table an amendment proposed by Senator James Inhofe (R-Ok). The Inhofe Amendment would have prohibited the Department of Defense from using funds under the bill to modify or construct any facilities in the United States for the holding of Guantánamo detainees, including those charged, tried or convicted in federal court. The ACLU and a number of partners wrote to the Senate urging the defeat of this amendment because if it passed, it would present additional challenges to Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute Guantánamo detainees in federal criminal courts rather than the never-land of the military tribunal. Additionally, it would have put front-line law enforcement and corrections officials at needless risk by eliminating the ability to enhance security or communications at facilities holding detainees during their trials.
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