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U.S. Rejects Church Leaders' Bid to Visit Guantanamo

U.S. church leaders said on Wednesday the Pentagon had rebuffed their plea to send a small interfaith delegation to minister to detainees at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Rev. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches and a former U.S. congressman, said his group would continue to press its case for a visit with U.S. officials. Edgar, in a Dec. 8 letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft, asked to send an interdenominational delegation to the Guantanamo base prison to visit the detainees. Full Story

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