In a letter recently sent to Congress, President Obama is pleading with members to close Guantanamo Bay.
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Mr. President:)
For 15 years, the United States has detained hundreds of people at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, a facility that never should have been opened in the first place. Rather than keeping us safer, the detention facility at Guantanamo undermines American national security. Terrorists use it for propaganda, its operations drain our military resources during a time of budget cuts, and it harms our partnerships with allies and countries whose cooperation we need against today’s evolving terrorist threat. By any measure, the costs of keeping it open far exceed the complications involved in closing it.
You can read the rest of the letter here.
Some members have already responded to Obama’s request, including Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, with just one word: NO
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) January 19, 2017
It will be a matter of time before more members respond. Fortunately, Obama hasn’t been able to close Gitmo, and with Republicans now controlling the Presidency, House, and Senate, hopefully we will be sending back more dangerous terrorists back to Guantanamo Bay where they belong.