In this photo, reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, a Guantanamo detainee's feet are shackled to the floor as he attends a "Life Skills" class inside the Camp 6 high-security detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Michelle Shephard/Pool (CUBA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY) (© Pool New / Reuters)

Congress will never let Guantanamo close

The House and Senate both prohibit Obama from transferring Guantanamo detainees to Illinois

Alex Pareene
May 28, 2010 9:30PM (UTC)

Last week, the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives added a clause to the defense authorization bill explicitly prohibiting the use of any Defense Department money to buy a facility in the U.S. in which to house Guantánamo Bay detainees. Today, the Senate Armed Services Committee announces that it's done the same.

Sorry, White House! Congress will not allow you to even attempt to make a mostly symbolic gesture toward justice by transporting people being detained forever in legal limbo from an island to Illinois, where they will be detained forever in legal limbo.

Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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