WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement regarding Defense Secretary Carter sending a plan to close the detention center at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo).
“America is at war with these terrorists and will be for the foreseeable future. Our military commanders have testified this will be a generational fight. These terrorists attacked our country before the detention center at Gitmo existed and they will continue to attack us even if it is gone or relocated.
Closing Gitmo would put our country at increased risk. By continuing to release medium to high risk Gitmo detainees, the Obama Administration increases the likelihood that these terrorists will return to plot, fight and kill Americans – both overseas and in our homeland. Almost 30 percent of detainees transferred out of Gitmo have either been confirmed or suspected of returning to the fight against the United States and its allies. Bringing them to the United States puts the communities that surround Obama’s ‘Gitmo North’ at unnecessary risk by creating a new terrorist target. Additionally, once these terrorists are brought into the United States, they may gain U.S. legal rights that could prevent us from holding them, ultimately releasing them here or to a foreign country. Each year of the Obama administration, I have included language in the annual defense bill prohibiting the transfer of Gitmo detainees to the United States. I will continue to fight to ensure that this language remains law and that the president’s legacy agenda of closing Gitmo is stopped and not accomplished.”