Sam Johnson Blasts Obama’s Plan to Close Gitmo
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On February 23rd, 2016, President Obama announced his plan to close Guantanamo Bay, the maximum security prison that houses some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists. His plan – which violates federal law – would move these terrorists to other prisons in the continental United States or other overseas countries.
After the President’s announcement, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) released the following statement:
“A President’s most sacred duty is to protect our homeland and every citizen in it. As a 29-year Air Force veteran and POW, I never dreamed we would have a President who believes releasing some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists – terrorists hell-bent on the destruction of our democratic way of life – would in any way make our country safer. President Obama must either be living in denial or a fantasy land to have misinterpreted the way these radical Islamic terrorists work. Just take a look at the five terrorists he released in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdhal – without Congressional approval. Reports indicate that at least one of these released detainees attempted to return to the battlefield against America.
“We’ve known since Day One that Obama wanted to close down Gitmo at the expense of American safety. He failed to find the support among the American majority, so now he’s trying to go around Congress, the American people, and laws that Republicans already have in place and Obama himself signed into law. If he actually attempts to follow through with this plan, the House is already eyeing a lawsuit. You better believe I’ll do everything within my power to keep our country safe.”