Senator David Perdue: Americans Will Not Stand The Thought Of Placing Terrorists On U.S. Soil

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s plan to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay:

“President Obama continues to put campaign promises ahead of national security. First, against the advice of military leaders, President Obama abruptly ended the war in Iraq which created a vacuum for ISIS, and now he wants to close Guantanamo Bay, the very prison used to detain terrorists. Americans will not stand the thought of placing terrorists on U.S. soil, and the transfer of detainees to other countries does not erase the threat of their continued extremist actions. This plan from the Pentagon places our citizens at unacceptable—and completely avoidable—levels of risk.”

Earlier this month, military leaders told Congress they will not transfer any detainees to the U.S. because it is currently against the law. Meanwhile, President Obama continued to quietly empty out Guantanamo Bay, transferring as many as 17 detainees last month. The remaining 91 detainees at Guantanamo include high-level terrorists who military officials have determined to be too dangerous to transfer to other countries. Additionally, a recent intelligence report shows 30 percent of released detainees are known or suspected to have re-joined the fight against Americans and will seek to reengage in terrorist activity.