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Cotton Statement on Using Executive Action to Shut Down Guantanamo Bay

November 6, 2015

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement in response to White House and Senate Democrats comments about using unilateral executive action to shut down the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay:

"Any suggestion that the prison at Guantanamo Bay is a terrorist recruiting tool is disingenuous and aimed solely at scoring political points. Terrorists did not attack us on 9/11 and do not attack us today because of a prison. They attack us for who we are and what we stand for. Guantanamo Bay is a safe and humane facility. Moreover, it is an important tool in our counterterrorism strategy as nearly thirty percent of released detainees are confirmed or are suspected of having returned to terrorism. The number of recidivists at Guantanamo is zero. Just last week the Obama Administration released Shaker Aamer, a Guantanamo detainee, to the United Kingdom. I am deeply concerned this dangerous terrorist still poses is still a threat to our safety. We would be safer if he were still in his cell at Guantanamo Bay. I will continue to fight to keep dangerous terrorists like Shaker Aamer from returning to the fight and against any efforts by the Obama Administration to close the terrorist detention facility."