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Location: Washington, DC

GITMO -- (House of Representatives - June 27, 2005)

(Mrs. BLACKBURN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)

Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, I too just returned from a bipartisan delegation to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in order to review the procedures that are used in handling and questioning the enemy combatants we have detained there.

After hearing months of criticism from the left and hearing our military men and women compared to Nazis and Guantanamo described as a gulag, I was glad for the opportunity to see the facility myself.

Do my colleagues know what I found? I found Guantanamo to be a well-run, secure facility that is essential in our fight in protecting America from terrorism.

For weeks and months, we have been told that the place was violating virtually every standard of decency in the free world. Well, these detainees do get 3 meals a day. They are allowed to worship. They are receiving health care.

I hope that the Democrats who know that to be true, who were with us, who viewed all the work at Guantanamo, will take a stand and tell the truth about Guantanamo and the wonderful men and women in our military who are serving there, working to keep America safe.

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