US President Barack Obama’s goal of closing Guantanamo Bay prison has moved a step closer after the US Senate passed a bill allowing inmates to be tried on American soil.
Those acquited will not be permitted to remain in the United States. Many Republicans have objected to plans to house terrorism suspects in U.S. prisons, amid concerns that they could invite additional terrorist attacks. The 79-19 vote removes one of the many obstacles the government faces as it tries to shut down the jail by January. The measure passed the House of Representatives last week and now heads to the White House for Obama to sign into law.