Fox News Channel Interview With Rep. Marsha Blackburn - Relocating Guantanamo Bay's Prisoners
Interviewer: Bill Hemmer
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MR. HEMMER: Marsha Blackburn, Republican from Tennesee, my guest now from Capitol Hill.
How are you? Welcome back here. Jim Moran, a Democratic --
REP. BLACKBURN: Good to be with you.
MR. HEMMER: -- colleague. He's saying bring the dogs into Virginia. We'll do our part. We've done it before. Is that a good idea?
REP. BLACKBURN: Well, I don't think it's a very good idea. And I have said, on behalf of my constituents in the 7th District of Tennesee, don't bring them to us. You know, there is a reason that these individuals are at Guantanamo Bay. These are not guys that were picked up for shoplifting or just for showing up on a battlefield. These are individuals that have masterminded attacks that want to kill Americans, that want to kill our troops, that want to end our way of life.
MR. HEMMER: So where do we put them?
REP. BLACKBURN: They are at Guantanamo Bay for a reason. I think we ought to be leaving them at Guantanamo Bay.
MR. HEMMER: So keep the --
REP. BLACKBURN: That's where they should be.
MR. HEMMER: -- keep Gitmo open. That's your position.
REP. BLACKBURN: We should be keeping them there. They are there for a reason. Many of us have visited Guantanamo Bay. We know what the facility is. We know what the process is that is there. And they'll -- these are not individuals that we want to have walking the streets in any of our communities.
My goodness gracious! Our nation's security is what we are charged with defending and protecting and our way of life, and making certain that our communities are safe. And we know that these individuals -- the recidivism rate is very, very high.
MR. HEMMER: Well, it appears the --
REP. BLACKBURN: We know they go back.
MR. HEMMER: -- it appears the decision to close Gitmo was the easy one. But -- but -- but if you're going through with that, where to put them is a wide open issue.
Here is one idea that's getting a lot of traction. Take them back to Guantanamo Bay. Bagram Airbase, 45 minutes north of the capitol city of Kabul, is that a good idea?
REP. BLACKBURN: You know, I don't know if that is a good idea. The decision for that would come from the troops and those commanders that are in the field if they think that that would be workable.
What we have to realize is that many of the countries that these individuals came from don't want them because they know what they're going to move forward and do, which is to plan more attacks and hurt individuals. So what we know is that if they are able to reestablish contact with their former colleagues, that they return -- the return to these terrorist camps and organizations and plotting to do harm to the United States.
MR. HEMMER: All right. The debate continues today in the House. It begins, I should I say. But, on many levels, it does continue --
REP. BLACKBURN: Yes.
MR. HEMMER: -- and has for some time. Marsha Blackburn, thank you for your time --
REP. BLACKBURN: Good to be with you. Thank you, Bill.
MR. HEMMER: -- on Capitol Hill today. All right.