Daines Condemns Transfer of 15 Guantanamo Detainees

BOZEMAN, Mont. — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today condemned the Obama administration following reports that 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans were transferred from Guantanamo Bay.

“Terrorists captured by U.S. forces belong in Guantanamo, not in custody of a nation that may allow them to return to the battlefield as we have seen before,” Daines stated. “This President is more focused on releasing dangerous terrorists to fulfill a campaign promise than protecting our national security.”

On May 26, Daines introduced legislation to temporarily ban the transfer or release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay until either the end of this year or enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017.

In April, Daines introduced the Detaining Terrorists to Protect Americans Act of 2016, which would permanently prohibit the closure or transfer of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. 

In March, Daines introduced a resolution, along with 14 colleagues to detain ISIL fighters at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba following his tour of the detention facility in Cuba.