(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement condemning President Obama’s decision to release 15 detainees at the Guantánamo Bay Prison to the United Arab Emirates, the largest release under the Obama administration.

“President Obama continues to undermine Congressional intent to keep the Guantánamo Bay detention facility open. These actions prove, as I have said before, that he is clearly placing his own ideology above the security of the American people. The 15 detainees he plans to release are dangerous individuals, many of whom have suspected ties to terrorist organizations.

“According to the Director of National Intelligence, of the detainees that have left Guantánamo thus far, at least 117 have since reengaged in terrorist activities—nearly a fifth of those who have been released to date. For this very reason, I have voted against the President bringing these terrorists to American soil. Unfortunately, there is no law stopping him from transferring these ruthless killers to other countries, where they can easily reintegrate and once again join the fight against the United States and our allies.

“Guantánamo Bay has proven to be crucial as a tool to constrain terrorists who are too dangerous to release. In doggedly pursuing his own ideology, President Obama is attempting to empty the prison, whatever the consequences, while ignoring Congress’ wishes to keep the facility running. His actions here are unacceptable, and the American people are rightly dismayed by the President’s dismissive attitude toward the terrorist threat facing our nation,” Dent concluded.


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