Lawmakers cry foul over Gitmo prisoner 'no touch' demands


While women will no longer be barred from serving as SEALs or rangers next year, some lawmakers are worried that female troops could be prohibited from serving at Guantanamo Bay due to the religious objections of some prisoners.

A bipartisan group of more than 40 lawmakers wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter this week about five high value detainees who have requested that women not be assigned to jobs related to their imprisonment since any contact with women violates their religious beliefs.

"Prohibiting women from these assignments discriminates against our troops and allows the enemies of the United States to dictate the terms on which American citizens serve their country," the letter says. "Women in uniform should not have to endure prejudice based on the convictions of enemy combatants, and male soldiers should not be forced to fill these deployments at a higher rate than necessary as a result."

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