Yesterday, on the heels of President Obama’s announcement to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, we learned that Spanish and Moroccan police arrested suspected members of a jihadi cell, including one “former Guantanamo detainee who once fought with militants in Afghanistan.”
Unfortunately, that’s not all. Here’s a closer look at what you need to know about the President’s proposal:
The President’s proposal fails to provide the critical details required by law.
- “Eight pages and three lines of vague generalities. … There’s no specificity in this, whatsoever, which leads me to think that [the President] is not serious.” – Rep. Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
- “Another critical detail that is conspicuously missing from this plan is the location of the proposed new detention facility. That’s a pretty significant detail to leave out.” – Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV)
It’s against the law to transfer terrorist detainees to American soil.
- “What part of illegal doesn’t the President understand? Transferring Gitmo detainees to American soil is against a law Congress passed and he signed. Once again he has no plan for how to deal with the most dangerous terrorists in U.S. detention.” – Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
The safety of Americans should never be jeopardized to fulfill a campaign pledge.
- “At a time when the security of the United States is constantly under fire from terrorists and other foreign threats such as ISIS, the President’s proposal to close down the prison holding terrorist detainees is dangerous and reckless,” said Congressman Guthrie. “Once again, the President seems to be more concerned about his legacy and politics than the safety and best interest of the American people.” – Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
- “This is an issue of a president trying to fulfill a campaign promise.” – Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)