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Chambliss Statement on Transferring Detainees Out of Guantanamo

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U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding President Obama's announcement today that they intend to repatriate an additional two detainees to Algeria from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay:

"People across America are very concerned that this administration still has no plan for these hard-core terrorists if efforts to close Guantanamo are successful. Sending them to countries where Al Qaeda and its affiliates operate and continue to attack our interests is not a solution. With the recidivism rate now at 28%, no detainee should be transferred to any place unless we are absolutely confident he will be effectively monitored and cannot renew terrorist ties. We know one former GTMO detainee was involved in the Benghazi attacks, and we simply cannot afford to take that risk with other detainees just to satisfy a political promise. To do so would be nothing short of an invitation for Al Qaeda to continue to attack us."


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