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Thornberry: President's plan to close GTMO 'more press release than plan'
U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) issued the following statement about the White House's plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO):
“What the President submitted today is more press release than a plan. It is no substitute for the legally-required detainee plan the President must submit to Congress. That plan is now overdue.
"Among the information missing is the proposed location for a new detention facility. More than seven years after he first ordered the detention center at GTMO closed, I find it telling that the White House has either failed to work out these important details or they know, but refuse to disclose them, to the American public. It suggests to me that the President is more interested in fulfilling a campaign promise at any cost, than in transparently addressing the risk associated with bringing terrorists to the United States. And this should be worrisome - after all, this is the President who has consistently underestimated the threat Islamic extremists pose to America.
"I have pledged to give the President’s plan a fair hearing, but he makes it impossible to do so when he withholds critical details.”