01.15.16

Gardner, Scott, Roberts Unite Against Transferring Terrorists to Any Domestic Location

Transferring terrorists to U.S. Still Illegal

Washington – Following Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s announcement that he has submitted a plan to President Obama to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and move dozens of dangerous terrorists to a domestic location, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner, (R-CO), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Pat Roberts (R-KS) released the statement below:

“No matter how hard the President wishes it wasn’t the case, transferring dozens of dangerous terrorists to any domestic location is illegal. It is also clear that closing Guantanamo and moving the detainees to Colorado, South Carolina, or Kansas will not lead to even the smallest change in the beliefs or propaganda of radical Islamic terrorists.

The President’s effort to create Gitmo North at a domestic location makes our nation less secure, and places a target square on an American community. We stand united against any attempts to relocate these dangerous terrorists to the mainland, no matter the specific location proposed in the Department of Defense report, and will use all of the tools at our disposal to stop it from happening.”

In a speech yesterday, Secretary Carter stated, “Not everyone in GTMO can be safely transferred to another country, so we need an alternative. I have therefore framed for the president a proposal to establish an alternative location. That plan will propose bringing those detainees to an appropriate, secure location in the United States.”

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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.