Frelinghuysen Reviews Military Operations at Guantanamo Bay
July 12, 2005
Washington, DC - Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), the Vice Chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, yesterday traveled with a bipartisan congressional delegation to Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba where he reviewed military procedures for detaining individuals during the war against terrorism.
"Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines at Guantanamo Bay are doing an extraordinary job under difficult circumstances," said Frelinghuysen. "Having seen their work firsthand, I believe they are guarding the hundreds of dangerous detainees at Guantanamo in the most respectful and humane manner possible."
Frelinghuysen toured the Naval Base detention facility along with a delegation of nine other members, led by Jim Saxton (NJ-3), the Chairman of the House Armed Services Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee. Specifically, they visited Camp X-Ray, the facility where al Qaeda and Taliban enemy combatants are being detained.
Of the 520 enemy combatants housed at Guantanamo, many represent some of the world's "most wanted" terrorists who are imprisoned there because of their work in support of al Qaeda, related terrorist networks, and the Taliban. They include individuals identified as bodyguards of Osama bin Laden and another al Qaeda operative, Qatani, who was identified by the September 11 Commission as the 20th hijacker.
Frelinghuysen added, "As a nation at war, we must not forget that many of the detainees being held at Guantanamo have fought our servicemen and women in Afghanistan. Our soldiers abroad, and all Americans here at home, are safer by having these evil men incarcerated at Guantanamo because they continue to provide us good intelligence in the war against terrorism."