Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States of America
Dear President Obama:
We are writing in regard to your recent Executive Order closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base within one year and its lack of any provision for a definite disposition of those detainees who are not releasable to their own or other countries. We are concerned this could result in the detainment of the terrorists at facilities within the United States. As such, we request you not send any of the Guantanamo Bay detainees to the State of New Jersey.
In addition to the enormous legal problem issues which will arise from bringing the Guantanamo detainees into New Jersey, we are very concerned about potential security issues related to the detainees. The federal prison system in New Jersey is already severely understaffed and underfunded. Adding several hundred special prisoners of any kind would be a severe risk to the safety and security of the staff and other federal prisoners. Further, our constituents who live near the prisons could be placed in danger to the presence of the detainees.
We are also strongly opposed to any Guantanamo detainees being transferred or housed on any military base in New Jersey. Housing the detainees on military bases would create an unnecessary and egregious threat to the men and women of the Armed Services who serve the United States on New Jersey military bases. Fort Dix has already been the target of a terrorist plot; the presence of detainees at any military base would certainly increase the probably of a future attack on the base or the surrounding population.
Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
Congressmen Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)
Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04)
Congressman Scott Garrett (NJ-05)
Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07)