Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is on his way to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba, for a one-day visit. It is the first trip to the island for the Cuban-American lawmaker, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1956.
Rubio is going in his capacity as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, his office says. He'll conduct oversight of the facility, tour the base, and meet with the commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay. It will "allow Sen. Rubio an opportunity to better understand the role Guantanamo Bay plays in U.S. detention operations, and examine how the military commission process for trying the terrorists housed there is proceeding," his office said.
He'll also hear from the Navy on the strategic value of the base to the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. He'll also tour the Expeditionary Legal Complex, where military tribunals of detainees are held. Rubio will "see the role this complex plays as the venue where classified information taken from the battle field is presented," his office said.
He'lll be receiving a an intelligece overview at the Joint Task Force Guantanamo headquarters, and be briefed on the various functions conducted there. He will also meet with the Joint Task Force Commander, and will tour Camp VI, the building in which detainees are actually held.