Rep. Kinzinger: Gitmo Must Remain Open as Long as War on Terror Is Ongoing
Despite terror attacks around the world in recent days, President Obama has informed Congress that he intends to transfer 17 or 18 of the 59 remaining detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
Obama came to office vowing to close the detention facility, but he has run into legal hurdles and congressional opposition.
On "America's News HQ" today, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said he believes that Obama's goal is to lower the number of detainees in the hope that Congress will eventually close the facility for cost-cutting reasons.
"That's his way of de facto shutting it down," Kinzinger suggested. "I think we have to keep it open."
He argued that there's no amount of money that's "too much" when it comes to ensuring the safety of the American people.
Kinzinger said that Congress has pushed to keep Gitmo open and will continue to do so as long as the war on terror is ongoing.
"You have indefinite detention operations because this war continues and this enemy still exists," Kinzinger said. "I think as long as that's the case, we need to do it."
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