US May Allow Family Visits for Gitmo Prisoners

Red Cross is pushing for greater access
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2011 6:58 PM CDT
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - AUGUST 25: A U.S. Army soldier looks through binoculars while standing on a guard tower at maximum security prison Camp Delta at Guantanamo Naval Base August 25, 2004 in Guantanamo,...   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Gitmo prisoners may soon get a long-sought privilege: family visits. The Washington Post reports that the Pentagon and the international Red Cross are in hush-hush negotiations to make it happen. Some of the 172 detainees at Guantanamo Bay are currently allowed to take part in monitored video chats with their families, but personal visits have been off the table.

The visits would almost certainly not be allowed for prisoners such as Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who calls himself the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, say congressional aides familiar with the talks. It's another sign that Gitmo, where some prisoners have been held for about a decade, isn't closing any time soon, notes the Post.

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