Hudson Statement on Largest Single GITMO Transfer

August 16, 2016
Hudson Statement on Largest Single GITMO Transfer
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), author of an amendment to prohibit the administration from transferring any detainees out of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, released the following statement after the Obama Administration transferred 15 prisoners to the United Arab Emirates:
“The president’s recklessness with our national security is breathtaking. He continues to endanger the lives of Americans to fulfill a campaign promise. I’ll continue to fight the closing of Guantanamo Bay and the release of dangerous war criminals and hardened terrorists who keep finding their way back to the battlefield."
This transfer marks the largest single transfer of detainees since President Obama took office. Rep. Hudson’s amendment – which, if enacted, would be the strictest prohibition of transfers yet – was adopted by voice vote in June to the defense spending bill. To watch Rep. Hudson’s remarks in support of his amendment, or read the transcripts, click here.
In March, a senior Pentagon official told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that former Guantanamo inmates are responsible for the deaths of Americans overseas. According to the Washington Post, the Obama administration admitted at least 12 detainees released from the prison have launched attacks, killing about a half-dozen Americans.
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