ND Sen. Hoeven to discuss Guantanamo trip

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be kept open to detain people suspected of terrorism.

Hoeven was among a group of senators who inspected the prison this week. President Barack Obama wants to shut down the prison, but Hoeven says it is needed to interrogate prisoners of war.

The Guantanamo prison has faced criticism because inmates there don't have the same rights as they would in American jails. Hoeven says that's appropriate. He's holding a news conference Tuesday on his trip.

A lawyer for Human Rights Watch says congressional tours of the prison don't show the true conditions there.

Andrea Prasow says many prisoners have been held at Guantanamo for years without charges or a trial.