WASHINGTON –Days after U.S Special Operatives captured a leader of the Islamic State and with mounting questions remaining unanswered on how to handle captured fighters, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) introduced a resolution to send detained Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters to Guantánamo Bay.
The resolution also comes on the heels of Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, acknowledging last Tuesday that the Pentagon does not have a plan for long-term detention of captured ISIL operatives.
“As a result of these recent events, coupled with the lack of a long-term detainee strategy from the Administration, the only responsible and safe choice is to send captured fighters to Guantánamo Bay,” Walorski said. “Why would we capture these men and women, who are guilty of barbaric acts in the region and across the globe, only to release them back to the battlefield? It’s completely nonsensical.”
The resolution states, “all individuals captured by the United States during combat operations against ISIL that meet such criteria by their affiliation with ISIL must be detained outside the United States and its territories and should transferred to United States Naval Station, Guantánamo Bay.”
Speaking in support of the legislation, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), a Marine Corps combat veteran, said, “Islamic State operatives are hardened terrorists and irregular enemy combatants who should be detained at GTMO, not in Colorado or in any other state.” “This is yet another reason why GTMO must remain open to detain these individuals who pose a significant threat to U.S. national security.”
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.