In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced this
resolution to encourage the continued and expanded use of the detention
facilities at Guantanamo Bay to detain ISIL terrorists:
week when I was at Guantanamo Bay I saw plenty of vacant cells.
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.
These dangerous individuals do not belong on U.S. soil, or in the
custody of a nation that may allow them to return to the battlefield as
we have seen before. We must ensure they don’t continue to spread
radical Islam throughout the world, and Guantanamo Bay serves an
integral purpose for just that.”
Currently there are 15 House Republicans that have signed on as cosponsors of this legislation.
Of Note: As part of his broader effort to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, President Obama has transferred or released
147 detainees during his administration to other countries where they
are monitored to prevent their return to terrorism. The President
released a plan for the facility’s closure, and explained his rationale for doing so:
many years, it has been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo
Bay does not advance our national security — it undermines it. It’s
counterproductive to our fight against terrorists, who use it as
propaganda in their efforts to recruit. It drains military resources,
with nearly $450 million spent last year alone to keep it running and
more than $200 million in additional costs needed to keep it open going
forward. Guantanamo harms our partnerships with allies and other
countries whose cooperation we need against terrorism.”
The release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay has led to some recidivism, with former detainees returning to join terror groups opposed to the U.S. The Director of National Intelligence has estimated
in January 2016 that 118 of 676 former detainees that were transferred
have been confirmed to have returned to terrorism, while another 86 are
suspected of doing so. Of those 204 detainees, 128 aren’t in custody.
Media:Summary by Eric Revell
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