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Gitmo Defense Attorney Weighs In On Detainees

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Gitmo Defense Attorney Weighs In On Detainees

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Gitmo Defense Attorney Weighs In On Detainees

Gitmo Defense Attorney Weighs In On Detainees

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President Barack Obama has signed an executive order to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but it is unclear what will be done with the detainees there.

Emi MacLean at the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represents many Guantanamo detainees, says she hopes Obama will implement a policy where individuals are either charged and tried in federal criminal courts or released either to their home countries or to safe third countries.

"We hope that happens sooner rather than later because indefinite detention for seven or more years is obviously not acceptable," she says.

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