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January 11, 2012


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and an ardent supporter of the U.S. detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO), today made the following statement on the 10th anniversary of the opening of GITMO:  

The United States remains engaged in a global war on terror and will continue to capture terrorists who must be detained in a secure facility, that facility is GITMO. I made my first visit to GITMO on January 25, 2002, just days after the first detainees arrived. Ten years and several visits later, I remain convinced that GITMO is the only place to humanely and safely hold these enemy combatants. GITMO remains the only facility of its kind in the world, specifically designed and built to house and try these types of dangerous terrorists.  The intelligence gathered at GITMO has made our world a safer place, including the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound that ultimately lead to his death. Liberal opposition has long called for the closure of GITMO and the transfer of terrorist detainees – even to the United States.  Detainees being held at GITMO constitute a clear and continuing threat to the United States and its allies.   President Obama has promised to close the facility and has not sent a single detainee there since taking office.  That is why I introduced S.1046 that would require each high-value detainee captured by the United States to be held at GITMO.  I remain steadfast in my support to ensure captured terrorists are held where they belong – GITMO.”


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