Sen. Jim Inhofe says closing Guantanamo lets the terrorists win

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, June 9, 2013 10:58 EDT
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James Inhofe speaks to CNN
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In a statement released Saturday, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said closing the Guantanamo Bay prison facility would be a victory for terrorists.

The conservative senator warned that terrorists “would spread violent extremism from within our borders” if the the current push to close the controversial prison was successful.

“It appears to me this latest push to close GITMO is because the terrorists have begun a hunger strike,” Inhofe said. “Specifically, the far left has used this as a rallying cry to revive their continuing obsession with closing the base despite strong support from Congress to keep GITMO open. But this misses the fundamental point. Is this hunger strike not a political act designed to attempt to change American policy? My question to the far left is: if you close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay are you not letting the terrorists win?”

The hunger strike at Guantanamo continues to grow. About one-quarter of the detainees are now being force fed by military medical teams in violation of international human rights laws.

Inhofe’s statement came after Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and John McCain (R-AZ) called for the “safe and orderly transition of the detainees to other locations.”

Obama in late May called on Congress to remove restrictions that prevented the administration from transferring Guantanamo detainees to other countries or imprisoning them in the United States.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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