WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, introducing a bill aimed at improving the monitoring of former Guantanamo Bay detainees transferred to foreign countries. The Guantanamo Bay Recidivism Prevention Act would encourage foreign countries to properly monitor former Guantanamo detainees. It would also prohibit foreign assistance if a country has received a detainee since February of this year, who later returned to terror activities. The bill was co-sponsored by 4 other Republican Senators, including James Lankford of Oklahoma.
In a statement to our newsroom, Sen. Cotton said in part, “our troops fought and captured these terrorists once, they should never have to do it again. Until President Obama stops releasing Guantanamo Bay detainees, Congress must do everything in its power to stop recidivism.”
Sen. Cotton previously recommended revoking foreign aid for all countries that have accepted a former Guantanamo terror detainee.
There are currently 122 prisoners left at Guantanamo Bay according to the Pentagon. That’s down from eight hundred when the facility was first re-purposed to hold captives of the war on terror.