U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), a Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, today sent a letter to the Chairman of the Committee requesting a briefing by officials from the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense and State on the Administration’s plan to transfer a group of terror suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to a state prison in Thomson, Illinois.

Congressman Dent issued the following statement:

“I am concerned about today’s announcement by the Administration to transfer a group of Gitmo detainees to a prison in Illinois. We are holding these individuals off our shores for a reason – they are dangerous enemy combatants, accused of violent terrorist acts against the United States. High security measures are in place at Guantanamo Bay to ensure these prisoners pose no additional threats to our nation.

“Additionally, our prison and law enforcement systems are facing an increasing threat of radicalization of Islamic extremists. Holding these terror suspects in our domestic facilities exponentially increases the threat of radicalization among prison inmates.

“The Administration owes Congress and the American people a guarantee that this action does not unnecessarily subject our homeland to additional threats.”

The letter is attached below.