Please disable your Ad Blocker to better interact with this website.

Freshman GOP Senator Wants To Punish Countries If Gitmo Detainees Return To Terror

avatar

GOP Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas has introduced a bill to punish countries that have received former Guantanamo Bay detainees if those detainees decide to re-engage in terror.

Cotton wants to send a strong message. Under the proposed legislation, countries that appear on the biannual Gitmo detainee recidivism report would be stripped of U.S. foreign assistance.

Specifically, if a country receives a detainee on or after Feb. 1, 2015, and that detainee appears on the biannual recidivism report, the U.S. government will be automatically prohibited from providing that country with foreign assistance via the Foreign Assistance Act or Arms Export Control Act.

This is designed to give receiving counties an incentive to monitor former prisoners significantly more closely. Based on a report from earlier this month from the Director of National Intelligence, the current rate for suspected and confirmed terrorist cases of recidivism stands at 28.6 percent.  (RELATED: DNI Report: The Numbers Don’t Lie, More Gitmo Releases Equals More Terror)

“President Obama seems to have little concern for what happens after a detainee leaves Guantanamo Bay,” Cotton said in a press release Wednesday. “But these detainees are hardened terrorists and their release puts U.S. lives and our national-security interests at risk. The numbers don’t lie: Almost one in three detainees released from Guantanamo Bay are confirmed or suspected of returning to the fight. Most recently, we’ve seen reports of former detainees joining forces with the Islamic State.”

Cotton served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The freshman senator has previously gotten into hot water over his outspoken comments on the prison facilities located in Cuba. Cotton has stated that, “As far as I’m concerned every last one of them can rot in Hell, but as long as they don’t do that they can rot in Guantanamo Bay.”

And according to Cotton, the facility needs some improvement. The problem is that “there are too many empty bed and cells there right now. We should be sending more terrorists there for further interrogation to keep this country safe.”

A total of 122 remain locked away in Guantanamo Bay, and President Barack Obama has made it a policy priority from the very beginning of his term to close the facility. On Wednesday, Obama expressed regret that he didn’t close Guantanamo Bay on day one.

Follow Jonah Bennett on Twitter

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.

BarbWire Books is pleased to announce

Homosexual Agenda and the US Military

Dr. Sonny Hernandez

Homosexual Agenda and the US Military is a field manual for US service members and military chaplains. This Gospel-Centered, polemical book exposes the homosexual agenda that adversely affects Religious Liberty for Christians. There are several homosexual activists that will demand equality and tolerance. However, homosexual activists are not so equal or tolerant towards anyone that disagrees with their position on same sex marriage or transgenderism. They will claim to love all, but they really do not mean all—they mean agenda. This is because the homosexual agenda has a definition for inclusivity—their way or the highway.


BUY BOOK


Posting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse. Read More

STAY IN THE LOOP
Don't miss a thing. Sign up for our email newsletter to become a BarbWire insider.

Send this to friend