Gitmo closure weakens national security, congressman claims

Guardsmen receive pepper spray training at Gitmo Army Sgt. Matthew Woehrman, 525th Military Police Battalion, left, strikes a bag held by Army Sgt. Michael Hensel during routine training, Nov. 17. Woehrman and other members of the battalion moved through a series of hand-to-hand combat stations after being sprayed in the face with pepper spray. The 525th MP Battalion is stationed here on 12-month rotations and provides much of the guard force inside the detention facilities at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. (Credit: National Guard)

Congressman Randy Weber of Friendswood said last week that he opposes Obama’s proposal to close Guantanamo Bay because it is dangerous to the American public.


“Closing Gitmo and transferring these dangerous terrorists to United States soil is a terrible and illogical idea,” he said. “Instead of putting America first, the President once again continues to weaken our national security by pursuing decisions geared towards solidifying his legacy.”


The proposal also flies in the face of the National Defense Authorization Act, Weber said. He said the act contains information that does not allow detainees from the facility to be transferred to the mainland.


“The President signed this legislation into law,” he said. “For the President to close Gitmo, current law must be changed, new legislation must be written, approved by Congress, and sent to the President’s desk.”

He said he would not support any measure that does that.

“I will not support any measure that will allow these dangerous terrorists to be transferred to the United States,” he said.

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