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Lawmakers to DOD: Reject 'no touch' policy sought by 9/11 plotter
by Kristina Wong
Lawmakers in both parties are urging the Pentagon to reject a petition from five prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility asking that female service members not be allowed to touch them.
A military judge, Col. James Pohl, in January ordered a temporary "no touch" policy for female guards on the base after the detainees — including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks — said contact with female guards violated their religious beliefs.
The policy could be made permanent in the coming days, outraging lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
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