California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein says a new government report shows the controversial detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be closed and the detainees moved to the United States without harming national security.
Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, released a Government Accountability Office study Wednesday that says U.S. prisons could safely absorb all 166 detainees now held at Guantanamo. Many of the detainees are accused of plotting terrorist acts against the United States.
The California Democrat says the study shows that U.S. prisons already hold 373 prisoners convicted of terrorism in 98 facilities across the country, with no known security problems reported.
The report does say that existing facilities would need to be modified and current inmates may need to be relocated to make room for the Guantanamo detainees.