Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Georgia’s junior United States Senator took a visit to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba as part of a committee trip for the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Judiciary Committees.
Senator David Perdue toured the facility and spoke with military personnel in charge before issuing a statement on his desire to keep the camp open following the presidency of Barack Obama, who has pledged to close the facility.
In a press release, Perdue said, “ I visited the detention facility at Guantanamo, where I toured the barracks and courtroom and spoke with commanders. One thing was imminently clear to me: it is positively irresponsible to release or transfer the remaining detainees. This flies in the face of reason when the most recent intelligence report shows that the number of former detainees returning to the fight continues to rise.”
Perdue also said that President Obama’s own Guantanamo Review Task Force classified the detainees still incarcerated at the facility as “too dangerous to transfer.”
“We can’t allow a political promise to get in the way of our national security. I will do all I can to ensure that President Obama doesn’t empty Guantanamo Bay during his last few weeks in office,” Perdue said.
President Obama has been pushing to close the facility since being sworn in, going as far as to issue an executive order directing the closure of the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Congress immediately imposed restrictions to limit transfers to the United States.