Congresswoman Susan Davis Statement on President Obama’s Plan to Close Guantanamo
Congresswoman Susan A. Davis (D-San Diego), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on President Obama’s plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
“Congress should lift the restrictions that have prevented the President from closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
“The detention facility runs contrary to American values and it is time to remove this stain on our democracy. Guantanamo does nothing to keep us safe and, in fact, hurts our national security efforts to protect Americans and combat terrorism.
“With about 2,000 personnel watching over 91 detainees, Guantanamo is a fiscally irresponsible approach to this issue and it will cost significantly more over the long term to keep detainees there than transfer them to a U.S. facility. Furthermore, our judicial system has a proven record of trying and incarcerating terrorists, with over 500 terrorists currently being held in U.S. prisons.
“I appreciate the President’s continued commitment upholding out nation’s highest principles when it comes to closing the detention facility. I look forward to working with him and urge my colleagues to join us.”