Concerned that President Barack Obama is releasing dangerous terrorists who will return to fight against the U.S. and its allies, a Republican senator has authored legislation that he hopes will force transparency from the White House.
Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin wants to know when Obama plans to release the last 80 prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, who they are and where they're being sent, and he demands that it be unclassified.
"The American people deserve to know when and where President Obama plans to transfer the remaining 80 detainees at Guantanamo Bay," Johnson told the Washington Free Beacon
in a statement. "As of January 2016, 204 out of 676 transferred Guantanamo detainees—almost one third of those transferred — were confirmed or suspected of re-engaging in terrorist or insurgent activities."
Currently the Obama administration gives Congress that information, albeit classified.
The Associated Press reports
that Obama is trying to fast-track the closing of the prison in Cuba to make good on a campaign promise. As a result, Obama is trying to release as many prisoners as possible as quickly as possible. In fact 30 of the remaining 80 have been cleared for transfer to other countries this summer.
Obama does this despite evidence that
18 percent of released prisoners have re-engaged in terrorist activity.
Johnson's proposed legislation was introduced as an amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. If passed, the legislation would take effect while Obama is still on office.
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