Gardner Introduces Resolution to Prohibit Transfer of GTMO Detainees to State Sponsors of Terror
Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and his Republican colleagues in introducing legislation that would prohibit the transfer or release of Guantanamo Bay detainees to global terror havens, including all countries designated by the United States Department of State as state sponsors of terrorism, currently Iran, Syria, and Sudan. Current U.S. law already prohibits transfers to Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Syria, but not to Iran and Sudan, where 14 detainees have been transferred over the past decade.
“The President’s rush to fulfill a campaign promise by the end of his term means an accelerated release of Guantanamo Bay detainees,” said Gardner. “The Administration’s release of these prisoners to state sponsors of terrorism threatens our national security at a time when we lack a real strategy to defeat ISIS and know that many prisoners who have already been released have re-joined the fight against the West,” said Gardner. “The threat of Guantanamo Bay detainees returning to the battlefield is one of the many reasons I oppose the closure of the facility, and this legislation explicitly prohibits the transfer or release of prisoners to all countries we know support terrorist activities. It’s commonsense, and I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting it.”
- According to the National Director of Intelligence, approximately 30 percent of the detainees released prior to 2015 either have or are suspected to have returned to fight against the United States.
Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.
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