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Congressman Jim Bridenstine Opposes Closing GTMO

Washington, DC, October 10, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Washington D.C., October 10, 2014 | comments

Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama Administration is considering options for executive action to close the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay.  Congressman Jim Bridenstine had the following comment:

At a time when the War on Terror is raging against ISIS and Al Qaeda, closing Guantanamo would, once again, show that President Obama puts politics before national security.  

Releasing or transferring detainees comes at great risk.  The recidivism rate among former GTMO detainees is astonishing.  Indeed, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence stated that at least 30% of former GTMO detainees reengaged in terrorism post-release.  ItÍs completely irresponsible and immoral to make our troops fight the same enemy twice.   

Transferring GTMO detainees to the United States is equally irresponsible.  The President would put a giant bulls-eye on any federal prison forced to hold detainees.  We have seen in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen that Islamist terrorists will target detention facilities holding their brethren. 

Congress has repeatedly prevented the President from closing Guantanamo in annual defense authorization and appropriation bills.  Yet, President Obama has shown he's willing to go around Congress and violate the law.  He already did so in exchanging the Taliban Five for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.  The President ignored the law that requires he tell Congress 30 days before approving any release from Guantanamo.  I fear that he's willing to break the law again. 

The question the President must answer is, "Why now?"  There is no explanation other than his desire put a misguided campaign promise ahead of our country's national security interest

Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director
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