US explores legal rights for Guantanamo detainees


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says there are legal safeguards in place in the event suspected terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay are ever relocated to the United States.

In a new report, the Justice Department says such a transfer could occur without jeopardizing national security. It says any detainee who is relocated would have very limited constitutional rights and would not be permitted to seek asylum. The report also says there's no requirement that the government grant detainees the right to remain permanently in the country.

The report was required as part of the annual defense policy bill. It analyzes what constitutional rights detainees would have if they were relocated, which is currently barred by law.

President Barack Obama has called for closing the detention facility.

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