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National Security Brief: Top Democrat Urges Gitmo Review

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"National Security Brief: Top Democrat Urges Gitmo Review"

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Amid an expanding list of detainees on hunger strike at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) is urging the Obama administration to renew efforts to repatriate prisoners cleared for transfer or release.

“There is a growing problem of more and more detainees on a hunger strike,” Feinstein said in a letter to the White House, adding, “The fact that so many detainees have now been held at Guantánamo for over a decade and their belief that there is still no end in sight for them is a reason there is a growing problem of more and more detainees on a hunger strike.”

The U.S. military this week announced that it is sending more medical professionals to deal with the rising number of detainees — more than half of the 166 prisoners — on hunger strike at Gitmo.

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