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FACT CHECK: U.S. Has No Place to Detain Terrorists--Bachmann FACT CHECK: U.S. Has No Place to Detain Terrorists--Bachmann

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FACT CHECK: U.S. Has No Place to Detain Terrorists--Bachmann

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s statement that U.S. intelligence operatives have no place to detain captured terrorists is false. The Bush administration operated a network of secret prisons in Afghanistan and eastern Europe, but it began closing down the European facilities before handing power to President Obama. Under Obama’s watch, the U.S. has maintained – and expanded – the size of its secretive prisons in Afghanistan; opened up new detention facilities on the island of Diego Garcia; and opened up new facilities in the African nation of Somalia. In addition, the Guantanamo Bay detention facility remains open, and terror suspects held there continue to be interrogated. 

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