Inhofe Introduces Legislation Preventing GITMO Prisoner Transfer to U.S.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and an outspoken opponent of President Obama’s intent to close Guantanamo Bay, introduced legislation (S.370) to prevent the detainees at Guantanamo from being relocated anywhere on American soil. Senator Inhofe led a Congressional Delegation to Guantanamo Bay on Monday to see firsthand the state of the prison operations and get the facts out about its critical role in keeping U.S. national security. He has also introduced an amendment to the Stimulus Bill (H.R.1) to block any funding to be used on the transfer of the detainees to U.S. prisons or for the building or enhancing of any facility for the purpose of housing any such detainee. 

“President Obama’s decision to shut down Guantanamo Bay could have a devastating impact on our national security and is simply unacceptable. I am working hand in hand with the Oklahoma delegation and through my position on the Senate Armed Services Committee, to prevent these terrorists from coming to my state or any state on American soil. My constituents in Oklahoma deserve to feel safe, and we will not feel safe with some of the most dangerous terrorists in the world - men who would kill thousands for an extremist ideology - on our soil. I was there yesterday, and saw firsthand the need to keep this facility running.  

“I believe it is important for the American people to know the real value of this installation and its contribution to the security of the United States. The military detention facilities at GTMO meet the highest international standards and have a fundamental part in protecting the lives of Americans from terrorism. It provides a secure location to secure and try detainees charged by the US government, full access to sensitive and classified information, full access to defense lawyers and prosecution, and full media access by the press. 

“Furthermore, GTMO is the single greatest repository of human intelligence in the war on terror.  This intelligence has prevented terrorist attacks and saved lives in the past and continues to do so today.   

“The U.S. Senate spoke in 2007 passing a resolution 94-3 stating, ‘detainees housed at Guantanamo should not be released into American society, nor should they be transferred stateside into facilities in American communities and neighborhoods.’  Today, I am introducing legislation to prohibit moving these terrorists into the United States.”       

FULL REMARKS 

Mr. President, on Monday, February 2, I led a Congressional Delegation Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  In light of the recent announcements by President Obama to close the detainee facility at some point, I believe it is important for the American people to know the real value of this installation and its contribution to the security of the United States.   

Since the United States began its Global War on Terrorism, terrorists have been captured by the United States and their allies and detained in facilities at Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility (GTMO), Cuba.  The US has detained almost 800 Al-Qaeda and Taliban combatants at GTMO.  Since 2002, more than 525 detainees have been tried and departed GTMO for other countries, and today there are approximately 245 detainees at GTMO.   

The military detention facilities at GTMO meet the highest international standards and haves a fundamental part in protecting the lives of Americans from terrorism. The Expeditionary Legal Complex (ELC) located at GTMO is the only one of its kind in the world. It provides a secure location to secure and try detainees charged by the US government, full access to sensitive and classified information, full access to defense lawyers and prosecution, and full media access by the press.  The detainees are being treated humanely. There are on average two lawyers for every detainee that has been charged or had charges preferred against them at GITMO.  There are 127 doctors, nurses and medical technicians dedicated to caring for and maintaining the health of each detainee – a ratio of 1:2 (one health care professional for every two detainees).  Current treatment and oversight exceed any maximum-security prison in the world. 

The detainee complex at GTMO is the only complex in the world that can safely and humanely hold these individuals.  Individuals who pose a high security risk to the US. It is a secure location away from population centers, provides maximum security required to prevent escape, provides multiple levels of confinement opportunities based on compliance of the detainee, and provides medical care not available a majority of the population of the world.  

Furthermore, GTMO is the single greatest repository of human intelligence in the war on terror.  This intelligence has prevented terrorist attacks and saved lives in the past and continues to do so today.  New intelligence is being collected from detainees at GTMO is being used to fight terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe.  This intelligence information obtained from questioning detainees includes a variety of issues of value to US security including the organizational structure of al-Qaida and other terrorist groups; the extent of terrorist presence in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East; al-Qaida’s pursuit of weapons of mass destruction; the methods of recruitment and locations of recruitment centers; terrorist skill sets, including general and specialized operative training; and how legitimate financial activities are used to hide terrorist operations.  

Mr. President, the U.S. Senate spoke in 2007 passing a resolution 94-3 stating, “detainees housed at Guantanamo should not be released into American society, nor should they be transferred stateside into facilities in American communities and neighborhoods.”  The United States is still in a global war on terror, engaged in armed conflict with terrorist organizations, and will, in all probability, continue to capture terrorists who will be detained in a facility.  If the detention facility at GTMO is closed, some United States domestic or overseas prison will have to house these detainees while they await disposition. Today, I am introducing legislation to prohibit moving these terrorists into the United States.        

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