The Justice Department must now decide whether to try the terror suspect, now in Guantánamo, in US courts or let him return to Afghanistan.
Venezuela and Ecuador have strongly condemned the pending agreement, which would allow the US to use three bases for counternarcotics and counterinsurgency surveillance.
In a striking move Tuesday, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei personally called for a detention center to be closed, citing mistreatment, while President Ahmadinejad sanctions repressive tactics.
In a push for progress, three heavy hitters from the administration – Mitchell, Gates, and Jones – visited the region this week.
Washington's move is meant to prod coup's architects to resolve the political crisis.
The Homeland Security secretary emphasized that security must be balanced with civil liberties.
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