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Could moving detainees affect motivation to catch more?

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The $612 billion defense authorization bill passed by the U.S. House last week maintains restrictions on closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and moving the remaining terror detainees to a U.S. facility such as Fort Leavenworth. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, expressed doubt Thursday at a forum in Washington, D.C., about whether President Obama would even comply with the law, which has drawn a veto threat. Pompeo also suggested, according to the Hill, that moving the prisoners stateside would affect U.S. forces’ motivation to find and arrest suspected terrorists: “If you’re part of the team that is tasked with conducting the operation to go find these folks, where does the incentive go to go execute that mission? Because when you’re finished your option is so limited.” In addition to military prisons in Kansas and South Carolina, the Pentagon reportedly also now is looking at three potential Colorado sites, including the Supermax in Florence. – Rhonda Holman

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