Transcript: Remarks by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on closing Guantanamo – July 24, 2013

Partial transcript of remarks by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on “Closing Guantanamo: The National Security, Fiscal and Human Rights Implications.” The hearing was held before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights on July 24, 2013.

…I’ve been around long enough to have been through several stages on Guantanamo.

There was the stage where it was the “worst of the worst” and they were too dangerous to release, and then the Bush administration released a huge chunk of them.

And then they said, “Okay, now we’re really down to the ‘worst of the worst'”, and then they released another huge chunk of them.

And now we have, I think, 86 of 166 slated for release and we simply haven’t been able to find places for them to go.

So we were kind of fed a bill of goods about who was there along the road, about how dangerous they were, because over and over again they’ve either been released in these waves or slated for release.

In my time on the intelligence committee both under Chairman Rockefeller and under Chairman Feinstein, we heard over and over again from our national security professionals about the value of Guantanamo as a recruiting tool for our enemies…

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