Congressman Jim Bridenstine Condemns Release of More Guantanamo Detainees
Washington, DC, July 17, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Congressman Jim Bridenstine:
Today, the public was made aware of yet another plan, hatched by the President, undermining America's national security and placing Americans at risk. The New York Times reported that the Obama Administration will transfer six Guantanamo Bay detainees to Uruguay, even after the Director of National Intelligence's assessment concluded that nearly 30% of former Guantanamo detainees were confirmed or suspected of reengaging in terrorism after release.
The President's latest transfer shows that he's radically out of touch with the sentiments of most Americans. There's no reason to transfer these terrorists so soon after our country was badly burned in the Taliban 5 swap. It's a dangerous gamble that threatens the lives of Americans and, in particular, our men and women in uniform serving overseas.
Under the law, the Secretary of Defense's notification to Congress must demonstrate the risk to our national security from released or transferred Guantanamo detainees is substantially mitigated. Given the astounding rates of recidivism reported by the Administration, the President cannot meet this requirement.
The President has substantially weakened the U.S. abroad, made us vulnerable at home, and is now releasing terrorists to a leftist regime in South America. These actions are provocative to our enemies and will cause us to suffer. The President needs to fire his entire national security team, apologize to our troops and citizens, and change his actions. Short of that, our country will continue to suffer.
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