President Obama has sent to Congress a proposal to shut down Gitmo and transfer suspected terrorists to the United States.
“This is a remarkable pronouncement given that, yes, in a bipartisan manner Congress has consistently spoken and made it illegal, in effect, for him to close Guantanamo,” Congressman Jeff Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “He can’t do it. I don’t know how he is going to pretzel the law, if you will, to make a determination and then get the Defense Department to enforce it.”
Fortenberry says Congress has clearly stated, numerous times, that the president cannot shutter Gitmo.
The president, earlier this week, disclosed a work-in-progress plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, known as Gitmo. The facility houses suspected terrorists, known as enemy combatants. Under the president’s plan, those held at Gitmo would be transferred to a maximum security federal prison in the United States.
The military prison once held hundreds of inmates. It now houses fewer than 100.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]