BARRASSO: Gitmo Prisoners a Serious Threat to America

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) toured the Gitmo detainee facility Friday as a part of a U.S. Senate delegation.

“Recent talk about the closing down of Guantanamo Bay raises serious questions about where these suspected terrorists would go,” Barrasso said.  “These detainees are high value individuals associated with dangerous activities.  I don't think anyone wants to bring them to America.”

“The U.S. Senate will begin debating the Department of Defense supplemental appropriations bill next week.  The bill will likely contain funds to close Gitmo.  The White House issued an executive order in January to close down the facility next year.”

“What is clear is that past descriptions don't meet current reality,” Barrasso said.  “Detainees are housed in state-of-the-art facilities and provided excellent care.”

“All buildings meet federal standards and the treatment of individuals most likely exceeds any other standards.  Our military clearly meets their stated objective of safe, humane, legal and transparent treatment.”

“Any attempt to close Gitmo without a plan for housing the detainees would be reckless,” Barrasso said.  “I plan to support legislation to prevent the premature closure and potential importation of these individuals to U.S. soil.”

Barrasso is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.