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Associated Press, Published June 14 2011

North Dakota Sen. Hoeven wants Guantanamo kept open

BISMARCK — North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says he is sponsoring legislation to keep the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, open permanently to detain prisoners of war and people suspected of terrorism.

Hoeven says Tuesday the bill would prohibit operating any terrorist detention facilities in the United States.

President Obama wants to close Guantanamo, and Hoeven and other lawmakers want to keep it open. Hoeven and three other senators went to Cuba to inspect the prison, and Hoeven says the detainees are being treated well.

Hoeven says he spoke to the prison's top commander and some guards. He says he observed some detainees but didn't speak to them.

Human Rights Watch attorney Andrea Prasow says tours like Hoeven's do not show the true conditions at Guantanamo.

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