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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) visits the much criticized U.S. prison in Cuba.

July 10, 2006


[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) is scheduled to travel to Guantánamo Bay Naval Base at the southeastern end of Cuba today as part of an official fact finding trip. U.S. Sen. Gorge Allen (R-VA) is also accompanying Durbin on the trip.

Guantánamo Bay Naval Base has been used by the United States Navy for more than a century. The United States controls the land on both sides of the southern part of Guantánamo Bay under a lease set up in the wake of the 1898 Spanish-American War. Since 2001, the naval base has contained a detainment camp for persons alleged to be militant combatants captured in Afghanistan and later in Iraq.

Durbin and Allen are scheduled to visit a variety of the detention facilities at Guantánamo, be briefed by GTMO commanders and eat lunch with Illinois and Virginia soldiers. Due to security concerns, more specific details of the trip will not be released until after the senators return to Washington this evening.

Durbin is the Assistant Democratic Leader and serves on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense and Foreign Operations. He also serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee which is scheduled to begin hearings tomorrow on military commissions such as those used to send detainees to Guantánamo Bay.



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It will be interesting to hear Commisar Durbin's take on the situation in Cuba. I guarantee there will be nothing unique in his statements. He will clumsily follow the Dem. party line like he has always done. Free burritos for everyone if he mentions Hitler in his comments. (courtesy of the Sun Times, of course)

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