Guantanamo's Role May Change with New Policies

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As the president's rules for handling detainees accused of terrorist acts are debated in Congress, the impact of the latest changes on America's allies is uncertain.

On Sept. 6, President Bush announced that 14 high-profile detainees would be sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be charged and tried under military commissions.

At the end of his speech, the president sought to quell international criticism, saying that he wants to work with allies by providing what the administration considers a fair legal basis to hold and try suspected terrorists.

The commission rules that President Bush proposed at that time have undergone both criticism and alterations — but it might not be enough to end calls to close the Guantanamo facility.



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