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Senator: Gitmo Prisoners Can ‘Rot in Hell’

Freshman Sen. Tom Cotton slammed defense officials during an Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday on the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba amid Obama administration efforts to close the military-run prison.

Cotton, an Iraq War veteran, said efforts to close the prison amounted to a political decision to uphold a promise from President Barack Obama’s campaign.

“To say that it is a security decision based on propaganda value that our enemies get from it is a pretext to justify a political decision,” Cotton said. “In my opinion, the only problem with Guantánamo Bay is there are too many empty beds and cells there right now. … As far as I’m concerned, every last one of them can rot in hell.”

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