Fiery 'They Can Rot in Hell': Sen. Cotton Says Send More Terrorists to Gitmo
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) made some impassioned remarks about Guantanamo Bay at today's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
Cotton, an Iraq War veteran, pushed back against the idea that leaving the prison open is a recruitment tool for terrorists around the world.
He argued that the prison did not exist when terrorists attacked the USS Cole in 2000 and then struck on 9/11.
"In my opinion, the only problem with Guantanamo Bay is that there are too many empty beds and cells there right now. We should be sending more terrorists there for further interrogation to keep this country safe. As far as I'm concerned, every last one of them can rot in hell. But as long as they don't do that, they can rot in Guantanamo Bay," said Cotton, during an exchange with Brian P. McKeon, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Catherine Herridge reported on the latest developments from the hearing this morning.
The hearing focused on the administration's policy of transferring more prisoners in order to speed up the closure of the facility.
McKeon said "it's no coincidence" that recent ISIS videos - including the burning of a Jordanian pilot alive - featured the victim in an orange jumpsuit, like those worn by Gitmo inmates.
Herridge, however, noted that detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison also worse orange jumpsuits so that argument isn't as simple as it sounds.
She said lawmakers want the Defense Department to show them specific examples of Guantanamo Bay being used to recruit terrorists.
Watch her report and tune in to On the Record, tonight at 7p ET for more on the Guantanamo hearing.