Kyl Statement on Proposed Closure of Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today delivered remarks in Germany where he outlined the Administration’s proposal to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. U.S. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl made the following statement in response:

“One thing is perfectly clear after the Attorney General’s remarks in Germany today: there are far more questions than answers about what the Administration will do with the more than 240 terrorists currently under military guard at Guantanamo.

“Some European governments have told the Attorney General that they won’t take the worst of the worst detainees because some are too dangerous. Other European nations have said they won’t take any of the terrorists because they can’t be ‘integrated’ into their societies.

“So, what will the Administration do with these terrorists? Where will it hold them? Will they be sent to the United States? Will they be kept in military facilities and federal prisons across the country? How will it guarantee that those who are released do not return to the battlefield?

“There are far too many questions the Administration needs to answer before Congress can provide the requested $80 million to close this detention facility.”