Gardner Urges Obama to Drop Guantanamo Transfer Plan

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has sent a letter to President Obama urging him to abandon any plans to move terrorists currently held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base detention facility to Colorado.

Gardner’s letter, which follows an earlier statement warning the President against pursuing this plan, is in reaction to reports that Administration officials will make visits to various sites within Colorado.

The letter reads, in full:

Dear Mr. President:

I write to urge you to immediately abandon any plans to transfer terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base detention facility (GTMO) to Colorado. I was recently informed that a team from the Department of Defense will conduct site visits within the next two weeks to the Federal Correctional Institute in Florence and Colorado State Penitentiary II in Cañon City. This visit is to assess the feasibility and costs of transferring foreign detainees held at GTMO to the State of Colorado. This plan is irresponsible, contrary to current U.S. law, and will unnecessarily endanger Coloradans and our communities.

In addition to immediately abandoning this effort, I further seek clarification under what legal authority your Administration is conducting these assessments. There are restrictions in annual appropriations legislation and the National Defense Authorization Act, which prohibits the transfer, release, or assisting in the transfer or release of prisoners from GTMO to facilities in the United States. It appears your administration has chosen to ignore current law and move forward with your desire to relocate terrorists to U.S. soil without any legal basis to do so.

Despite your campaign promise to close GTMO, the American people continue to roundly oppose such a plan and have clearly spoken on this issue through their elected representatives in Congress.  I will oppose at every step your efforts to close GTMO and endanger my constituents.


Cory Gardner                                                                                     

United States Senator                                                                        



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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