U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a long-time proponent of keeping terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO), today made the following statement regarding a recent report on the feasibility of transferring detainees to facilities in the United States:
"Senator Feinstein's report yesterday on housing GITMO detainees within the United States acknowledges cost, legal and security obstacles to the terrible idea of transferring detainees to the US. These areas -- especially the potential of granting terrorist detainees the Constitutional Rights reserved for Americans and the security issues involved - are why there has long been broad bi-partisan opposition to transferring terrorist detainees to American soil. Simply put, these detainees must not be brought to the United States.
"Congress has clearly addressed this issue nine different times in nine different laws. Likewise, Members of Congress from 46 states have registered their opposition to transferring GITMO detainees to their home states. In some cases, state legislatures have also acted to pass measures opposing such a move. GITMO is a secure location away from population centers that provides the maximum security required to prevent escape with multiple levels of confinement opportunities. Currently, these detainees are held under the established laws of war, and their treatment and oversight exceeds that of any maximum-security prison in the world. GITMO continues to meet and exceed the highest international standards and is a fundamental part of protecting our deployed service members and citizens at home from the threat of terrorism. There is no superior alternative to GITMO."