08.18.16

Senator David Perdue Statement On Obama's Largest Single Release Of GITMO Detainees

“Regardless of where in the world President Obama intends to put these dangerous detainees, they will be a threat to the American people.”

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released a statement of strong opposition to President Obama’s largest release of terrorists from the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:

“Time and time again we have seen President Obama trying to make good on political campaign promises at the expense of our national security. This week, President Obama released 15 prisoners to the United Arab Emirates – the largest single release of GITMO detainees since he took office. Regardless of where in the world President Obama intends to put these dangerous detainees, they will be a threat to the American people. President Obama believes that the facility indirectly fuels recruitment of jihadists, but we know for certain that releasing these detainees directly contributes to their cause‎.”

Recently, Senator Perdue along with Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) called for the full declassification review of Guantanamo detainees’ previous terrorist activity. A 2016 intelligence report revealed that as of January, 204 of the 676 former detainees were “confirmed or suspected” of returning to the fight, and estimates show that 128 of these detainees are not in any sort of restrictive custody.

So far, President Obama has released 181 terrorists and only 61 detainees now remain at Guantanamo Bay.