Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is irate that Guantanamo Bay detainees are being released a mere week after the Paris attacks. He said to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren recently: “The war on terror has reached a lethal phase, and it is insane to be letting these people out of Gitmo to go back to the fight.”
Now, Senate Republicans, including Graham, have introduced a bill to keep high-risk and medium-risk detainees from being sent to third countries. Of the five who were recently released, the Pentagon said that four will be sent to Oman and one to Estonia.
Graham said on Fox News:
The president of the United States has concluded that the war on terror has reached a point that we can safely release people from Gitmo. The best I can say about him is, he’s unfocused. That’s delusional thinking. The war on terror has reached a lethal phase, and it is insane to be letting these people out of Gitmo to go back to the fight. Thirty percent of the people released already have gone back to the fight.
Graham, Senator Kelly Ayote, and other Republicans introduced a bill, “The Detaining Terrorists to Protect America Act of 2015,” that would do a number of things, including suspending high and medium risk transfers from Guantanamo and prohibit transfers of Guantanamo detainees to Yemen.
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Senator John Barosso commented about the bill:
The problem is that the president has actually been quickening the releases to the point where 15 were released in Decmeber (sic) alone. Very little surveillance. Really, there’s not a chance or the opportunity to make sure they don’t go back into the fight. We now have over 100 who have been confirmed back into the fight against us.
h/t: CNS News