Today the Pentagon submitted a plan to Congress to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) issued the following statement:
"Closing Guantanamo Bay would be irresponsible and detrimental to America's national security, and the authority to do so resides with Congress, not the President," Palmer said. "Congress has consistently expressed the position, most recently in the National Defense Authorization Act, that those dangerous detainees should not be brought to facilities in our homeland. Our priority is to keep Americans safe and our enemies off American soil. I strongly urge the President to reconsider this plan and to put the safety of this great nation's citizens first."