WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after news reports surfaced last night that a former detainee held at Guantanamo Bay has rejoined the world of Islamic terrorism and is now a leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Today, the House Armed Services Committee majority also released their report on the illegal transfer of 5 Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay:
“It is deeply disturbing, though sadly not surprising, that this former detainee is now leading a branch of al-Qaeda. It only further confirms what we’ve known all along: when you release some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists from Guantanamo, they will re-enter the world of Islamic extremism and continue their fight against America. These actions jeopardize the national security of our entire country. Even more troubling is the report released today illustrates the lengths the president went in order to circumvent the law and betray the American people in releasing five top Taliban commanders last September from Guantanamo. Of those five, at least three have reportedly attempted to rejoin the terror organizations. With threats and attacks occurring at home and abroad, we can’t let any more dangerous terrorists out of Guantanamo Bay. That’s why I’m glad my language imposing tighter restrictions on transferring terrorists from Guantanamo Bay into counties in the Middle East was signed into law this year. I will keep fighting to protect our national security and keep terrorists from Guantanamo off American soil.”
S. 1356, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 includes Walorski’s language prohibiting detainees at Guantánamo from being transferred to the United States and to countries that sponsor terrorism.
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.