WASHINGTON – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the Obama administration’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison:
“The plan put forward today by President Obama is a lose-lose proposition for Americans. The paltry lack of detail proves that the president is only concerned with fulfilling a campaign promise instead of confronting the threats facing our nation. Not only does moving the worst of the worst Guantanamo detainees to U.S. soil endanger Americans but transferring detainees abroad gives them an opportunity to return to the battlefield, putting our troops’ lives at risk. There are real questions about recidivism – just today there are news reports that a released detainee was arrested in Morocco while recruiting for ISIS – but the administration’s answer is only vague promises of ‘trust us’. That is not enough assurance for me or for the American people.”
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.