U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, will hold a hearing to examine the implications of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
This is the first Congressional hearing on closing Guantanamo since the first year of the Obama Administration. This hearing follows President Obama’s May 23rd national security speech, in which he announced new steps towards the closure of Guantanamo.
The hearing will examine legislative proposals to facilitate the closure of Guantanamo, including provisions authorizing detainee transfers in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, which will soon be considered on the Senate floor. The hearing will address the national security, fiscal, and human rights concerns that surround the continued indefinite detention of the 166 remaining detainees at the facility, including the 86 detainees who have been cleared for transfer. The hearing will also explore how the continued operation of Guantanamo Bay undermines the moral authority of the United States in the international community and undercuts fundamental values of the American justice system, including due process and the rule of law.
Event Time: 2:00 p.m.