Letter to Secretary Panetta 


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and a staunch opponent of President Obama’s efforts to close Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO), today joined Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in opposition to the transfer of Ali Mussa Daqduq, a known Hezbollah operative, from U.S. military custody to the government of Iraq.


“The proposed transfer of Daqduq is detrimental to our national security and that of our allies,” said Inhofe. “I have little doubt that if transferred to Iraq, Daqduq will be back on the streets putting American lives in danger. This is unacceptable and must be prevented. Today, we are calling on Secretary Panetta to block the transfer of this highly dangerous terrorist to ensure he remains in U.S. custody.”  


Inhofe continued, “Furthermore, Daqduq is another example of why our nation must utilize GITMO. Since President Obama took office, not one single new detainee has been sent to GITMO. It is essential that we use this facility in order to safely and humanly detain high value combatants, preventing them from planning and executing future attacks on our nation and allies. President Obama’s continued refusal to not place high-value enemy combatants in GITMO is one of the reasons why I recently introduced S. 1046, the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility Act of 2011.”


Currently, Daqduq is the highest ranking Hezbollah operative in U.S. custody.  He is accused of working with Iranian agents to train Shiite militias to fight Americans.