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U.S. Senators Tour Guantanamo Bay Prison

U.S. lawmakers visited the maximum-security prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay on Wednesday, a day before an Australian prisoner designated as a candidate for a military tribunal was due to become the first inmate to see a lawyer. In a one-day trip, Sen. John McCain, an R-Ariz., Sen. Lindsey Graham, a R-S.C., and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., met with military officials at the American base in eastern Cuba. The visit was the latest in a series by U.S. lawmakers to the base, where the approximately 660 prisoners from 44 countries have until now been denied access to lawyers. That situation is to change Thursday when Stephen Kenny, a civilian lawyer representing Australian David Hicks, is scheduled to begin a five-day visit along with Marine Corps Maj. Michael Mori, a military-appointed attorney for the suspect. Hicks, 28, is one of six prisoners designated as candidates for a military tribunal. Full Story

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