Guantanamo Bay: The Remaining Detainees, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, May 24, 2016   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the May 24, 2016 hearing on "Guantanamo Bay: The Remaining Detainee" held before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Ron DeSantis: "Since the first detainees arrived in 2002, the United States' detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has housed a total of 779 detainees. There are currently 80 detainees remaining in Guantanamo Bay. The remaining detainee population is generally composed of hardened and unrepentant terrorist. The transfer of any of these detainees from Guantanamo Bay to another country risks harming America's national security, and we cannot be certain that a particular detainee will return to terrorism. We can say that the chance of recidivism with these particular detainees is high. [...] The only way America can stop radical Islamic terrorism is to defeat radical Islamic terrorism. Appeasing terrorists or worrying about their feelings simply will not work. The administration's effort to close Guantanamo are not aimed as securing the United States' national security interests but instead at ideological victory. Today, we will hear from a panel of experts who are able to discuss the dangers inherent in transferring the remaining detainees. They will also be able to speak to problems with past transfers and to elaborate on why the administration continues to repeat some of the mistakes of the past." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Thomas Joscelyn, Kirk Lippold, Jay Alan Liotta, and Alberto Mora.

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Serial Number 114-119; Serial No. 114-119
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