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Congressman Poe Opposes Guantanamo Bay Decision

Cosponsors the Enemy Combatant Detention Review Act

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) raised serious concerns today in response to the executive order by President Barack Obama for the closure of the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay. Congressman Poe issued the following statement:

I have toured prisons all around the world and I have personally visited the Guantanamo Bay facility. I can assure you this facility is more than acceptable to house terrorist suspects. In my opinion, it is far too nice for the worst-of-the-worst.

The decision to close this facility and transfer its occupants to the United States is a dangerous one. It is in the interest of national security that I urge the President to reconsider this decision. There are numerous legal ramifications concerning this plan number one being the potential release of terrorists on US soil. It is already proven that we do not adequately deport criminal illegals after they have served their time in US prisons and this will be no different.

The American people need to have faith that our government is doing everything it can to keep terrorists out of our country, not purposely bringing them here. I have already received calls from concerned citizens wanting to know if they would be transferred to federal penitentiaries in their area. A recent Pentagon report shows, that of those already released, 61 have rejoined terrorist activities. There needs to be serious consideration of the potential risks involved with this plan before any action is taken.

In response, Congressman Poe cosponsored H.R. 630, the Enemy Combatant Detention Review Act. This bill establishes clear rules regarding the detention of known terrorists, specifically prohibits a federal court from ordering the government to bring enemy combatants into the U.S. and ensures that an alien captured and detained abroad during wartime cannot be admitted and released in the U.S.

Congressman Poe serves on the House Judiciary Committee and as Deputy Ranking Member of the Crime Subcommittee. In addition, Poe serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Terrorist Subcommittee. Prior to serving in Congress, Poe was a prosecutor and judge in Houston, Texas, for 30 years and known for his creative punishment of criminals and advocacy on behalf of victims.