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House blocks US trial of Guantanamo detainees

The Associated Press reports on December 9, in an article entitled "House blocks US trial of Guantanamo detainees," that House Democrats have approved legislation preventing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other detainees at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay from being transferred to the U.S. for trials in criminal courts.

The Guantanamo ban was included in a catchall spending bill passed in the House Wednesday by a 212-206 vote. The Senate has yet to act on the legislation, which would further imperil Obama's effort to close the detention center for terrorist suspects.

AP reports: 

The provision is opposed by the Obama administration, which won some wins in the underlying budget bill such as money to implement the new nuclear weapons treaty with Russia and a signature education initiative.

When Obama took office almost two years ago, he pledged to close the prison by early this year. The promised soon unraveled amid resistance from Democrats and politically charged opposition from Republicans.

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