Daines Legislation Would Permanently Ban Gintmo Transfers to the States
Following yesterday’s announcement that the Obama administration had released two more Guantanamo Bay detainees, Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bill that would permanently ban the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. and would suspend the release of Guantanamo detainees internationally until September 30, 2017.
Daines’ bill the Detaining Terrorists to Protect Americans Act of 2016, would permanently prohibit the closure or transfer of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.
“Terrorists captured by U.S. forces belong in Guantanamo, a location that has played a pivotal role for collecting intelligence from detainees and keeping terrorists off the battlefield in the global war on terror,” Daines stated. “President Obama is trying to fulfill a campaign promise by pushing to close Guantanamo Bay, even though numerous transferred detainees have returned to the battlefield. This bill prevents President Obama from continuing this irrational, dangerous policy which only benefits terrorists who seek to execute atrocities against the American people and our allies.”
The most recent report by the Director of National Intelligence concluded that there has been an increase in the percentage of former Guantanamo detainees suspected or confirmed of reengaging in terrorism.