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Boozman Statement on Obama’s Plan to Close Gitmo

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today issued the following statement after President Barack Obama submitted a vague and dangerous plan to Congress to close the detention center at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo).

“The detention center at Guantanamo Bay is a state-of-the-art facility that is well-equipped to handle the world’s most dangerous terrorists. Closing Gitmo and transferring detainees to American soil creates needless national security risks and poses a threat to American citizens. This is not what the American people want. That’s why Congress has rejected the President’s proposal time and time again. At a time when we are fighting global terrorism, holding these dangerous terrorists domestically is not the message our citizens want to hear. I believe that we must keep Gitmo open and I will continue to fight the President’s efforts to close this facility and transfer terrorists to U.S. soil.”

Boozman has been a longtime advocate for ensuring the military prison at Gitmo remains open. In 2011 he visited the detention facilities. He supported the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that prohibits Gitmo detainees from being moved to U.S. soil. President Obama signed this into law.


  1. Do you know why the people at Guantanamo are called “detainees”? It’s because they haven’t been convicted or even charged with any crimes. Someone, somewhere, for reasons not stated, decided they were dangerous. That’s it. Some have proven to be dangerous, but others have turned out to be innocent of anything related to terrorism. Given how often our domestic legal system gets it wrong, there is good reason to give even terror suspects due process of law including formal charges, counsel and a trial. It’s what we’re supposed to be fighting for.

    And there’s no reason we can’t securely imprison those who do need to be held in one of our many maximum-security facilities domestically. If Marion can hold a Mafia Don, or Pelican Bay can hold Mexican Mafia kingpins, there is no reason to keep spending millions to have a special facility offshore for a few alleged terrorists.

    Boozman is just posturing and peddling irrational fears.

  2. I wholly agree with Michael Lewey…………Boozman is a toady who cannot think critically or rationally. Congratulations to the idiots who voted for him. They also believe in a celestial dictator so who knows what they’ll be up to next.

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