04.05.16

Senator David Perdue Statement On Latest Terrorist Transfers From Guantanamo

“Detainees are being resettled into prisons in Senegal, not far from the spread of ISIS affiliates”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the Obama Administration transferred two more terrorists from Guantanamo Bay:  

“As his term comes to an end, President Obama is attempting to circumvent the law and ignore Congressional intent, once again, in order to fulfill a campaign promise at the expense of our national security. The two Libyan detainees are being resettled into prisons in Senegal, not far from the spread of ISIS affiliates in Libya, Nigeria, and Mali. They should remain where they are—a military prison where they will not risk escape or returning to dangerous behavior.

“Last year, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence affirmed that 196 of the 653 former detainees were ‘confirmed or suspected’ of returning to the fight, and recent estimates show that 122 of these detainees are not in any sort of restrictive custody. Looking at the facts, we should not allow any more detainees the chance to re-engage in terrorism. Closing Guantanamo Bay is irresponsible, and is proven to unacceptably increase risk to our citizens and the security of our friends and allies overseas.”