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Saturday, March 10, 2012

US senators introduced bill restricting Guantanamo detainee transfers
Meagan McElroy at 12:00 AM ET

On March 10, 2011, US senators, including Senator John McCain (R-AZ), introduced the Military Detainee Procedures Improvement Act of 2011, which would prohibit the civilian trial of Guantanamo Bay detainees and place restrictions on the transfer of detainees to foreign countries. The bill also authorized presidential orders for targeted killings of alleged terrorists such as Anwar al-Awlaqi, a US citizen who was assassinated in Yemen in September 2011. As of March 2012, the bill had not been voted on since being referred to the Senate Committee on Armed Services in March 2011.

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