WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced Wednesday afternoon amendment #1533 to the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would prevent individuals detained at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo) from being transferred to the United States.
“Our nation is a war, and by working to close Gitmo, the president is looking to end one of our greatest resources for collecting intelligence of the enemy,” said Inhofe. “In order to empty out the facility, the president is looking to either ship these terrorists across the globe while we have service members serving in harm’s way, or he wants them detained on U.S. soil. While the NDAA contains key legislation that sustains the readiness of our troops, I was disappointed it included language that would take steps towards the president’s objective of closing the facility and transferring detainees to U.S. soil. Members from many states have voiced concern with housing these terrorists in their states, especially now that ISIL has demonstrated the ability to call up sleeper cells to attack locations here in our country. My amendment would prevent this major shift in current Gitmo policy. Closing Gitmo will not end any propaganda machine, but instead bringing detainees to the United States will only increase risks for Americans.”