Texas Senator speaks out against closing Gitmo

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Jeff Sadosky with the office of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, spoke on the Senate floor about her opposition to President Obama's decision to close Guantanamo Bay and move terrorist combatants onto American soil.

Below are excerpts of Sen. Hutchison's remarks about the base's closure:

"...Just two days after President Obama's Inauguration, he issued an Executive Order to close the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility within a year. I believe this action is premature, and I am extremely concerned about the fast-looming deadline, particularly when no viable alternative for housing these dangerous terrorists and enemy combatants has been outlined..."

"President Barack Obama's Executive Order states that the closure, which would require the release or transfer of nearly 300 detainees, should be practicable and consistent with national security interests. This cannot happen without a full discussion and thorough plan for the detainment of these enemy combatants."

"...A viable alternative to Guantanamo has not yet been identified. Expediting closure of this detention facility without absolutely ensuring American lives won't be endangered would place misguided foreign policy goals above the protection of our homeland. Moreover, it signals a dangerous return to the pre-9/11 mindset... I strongly encourage President Obama himself to reconsider his decision to close Guantanamo Bay."