Gardner Statement On Effort to Transfer Guantanamo Terrorists to Colorado

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following reports that Department of Defense officials are in Colorado scouting potential sites to hold prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility:

“The Obama Administration’s decision to explore transferring Guantanamo terrorists to Colorado is reckless, illegal, and wrong. I wrote a letter last week asking the Administration why they were pursuing this effort in the face of U.S. law which expressly prohibits it. I have received no answer.

“Coloradans oppose bringing these terrorists to our state, and are making their opposition known through their elected representatives. Why the Administration is choosing to ignore the public and ignore the law in an ill-conceived attempt to bring these prisoners onto U.S. soil is a question that they must answer. I call on them to do so before any boots are on the ground in Colorado.”


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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