01.14.16

Senator David Perdue Statement on Release of Guantanamo Detainees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) released the following statement after the Obama Administration confirmed the release of 10 Guantanamo Bay terrorists to Oman:

“In 2011, President Obama pulled our troops out of Iraq prematurely to fulfill a campaign promise and created a vacuum, which we’ve seen ISIS exploit. Now, at the end of his second term, President Obama is trying to fulfill another campaign promise that will further jeopardize the security of Americans. Releasing terrorists who have made it their mission to harm Americans, kill our troops, and attack our very way of life is incredibly dangerous, and trusting them to not resume radical jihadi activity is extremely naive. I’m furious that the Obama Administration is attempting to empty out Guantanamo Bay incrementally and circumventing Congress in the process. President Obama needs to stop releasing these dangerous terrorists back into society.”

These transfers are part of a group of 17 prisoners expected to be released from Guantanamo this month, bringing the number of remaining prisoners to 93. Last week, President Obama released two Guantanamo Bay terrorists to Ghana.

Last month, an al Qaeda propaganda video surfaced that featured a Guantanamo detainee released by the Obama Administration. This video comes after a recent intelligence report revealed that the rate of detainees returning to terrorist activity is increasing. Previously, Congress passed two pieces of legislation that explicitly prohibit funding for the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees stateside and prohibit funding for constructing or retrofitting any prison within the United States to house Guantanamo Bay terrorists. President Obama signed both bills into law.