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Cincinnati Enquirer - Chabot visits Guantanamo Bay, Reacts to Libya

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Rep. Steve Chabot just got back from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. He and two other members of Congress made an official visit there on Monday. The Westwood Republican, who is chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee's subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, said the purpose of the trip was to see first-hand the current state of affairs at the facility.

"There's been allegations of mistreatment and torture there and I've never seen any indication of that despite the fact that the guards get hit with something they call a "Gitmo cocktail,' which is a mixture of urine and feces," Chabot said. "All indications are that they act in a processional and restrained fashion with these inmates so I do not believe that torture occurs or has occurred there."

Chabot praised President Barack Obama's decision to keep the facility open and conduct the trials there, despite earlier campaign promises to close Guantanamo.

"I did not support closing it and I continue to believe that it serves an important purpose until we ultimately decide what to do with these people," Chabot said.

On the U.S. military action in Libya, Chabot said he supports the bombing campaign but thinks the U.S. should have gotten involved earlier and taken on more of a leadership role in the effort.

"It's too unclear what the goals are and how we get out," Chabot said. "I also think that they should have gotten Congress' support before they acted."


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