Barletta Statement Regarding Obama Plan to Close Gitmo

Feb 23, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s submission of a plan to close the prisoner detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:

“It is already against federal law to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to American facilities, which is exactly what a key element of President Obama’s plan will require.  Another problem area is his plan to hand over prisoners to other nations, where we will necessarily be uncertain about their secure confinement and ability to move and rejoin their former terrorist comrades.

“Perhaps the news has yet to reach the White House, but the terrorists have not declared a cease-fire.  The Islamic jihadist terrorist war against the United States and the civilized world continues, and the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay are among the most treacherous.  I think we all understand that President Obama wants to show the terrorists that we are an understanding nation with appropriate sensitivities, but to take such action would gift-wrap a propaganda triumph for Muslim extremists in their relentless drive to wipe out western civilization.  The president’s view seems to be that if only the United States were nicer to the detainees, then suicide bombers would stop flocking to their violent cause.  He is wrong.  Opening the door for the release of terrorists into stateside facilities, and perhaps even eventually into the general population, is a most dangerous proposal.  In addition, the terrorists’ war is ongoing, meaning that it is probable that new detainees will continue to come into our custody, further complicating the president’s plan.   This is a bad idea, and Congress should stop it.”