Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hartzler returns from trip to Guantanamo

(From Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler)

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement after returning from a Congressional fact-finding trip to Guantanamo Bay on February 24, to examine the facilities and get information on the transfer of detainees from the facility.

“As the Chairwoman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, it was prudent I was able to get this firsthand experience in order to provide sensible oversight on this issue. It is very concerning that terrorists are being transferred and, in some cases, are returning to the fight against us. As the administration continues to transfer detainees back to hostile and unstable areas, more and more are capable of harming Americans.”

“The administration needs to listen to the advice of its own task force and detain or prosecute these detainees. Transferring these terrorists out of GTMO with insufficient security assurances puts Americans at risk. Continuing these transfers, with little to no assurances that they will not return to fight against Americans, is irresponsible. We will continue to conduct robust oversight of the transfer process to ensure these terrorists are not able to return to take up arms against us.”

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