Congressman Gresham Barrett wants a comprehensive review of U.S. security policy. He says the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack on a Northwest Airlines jet is evidence in support of keeping the Guantanamo Bay facility open.
Barrett says both the Christmas Day plot and the incident at Ft. Hood, Texas in November could have been prevented had it not been for systemic failures within the Obama Administration security policy.
The Third District Representative says two former Guantanamo Bay detainees were allegedly instrumental in the Christmas Day plot. “The detainees who were released were released under the Bush Administration,” he says. “And the Obama Administration has talked about doing the same. But Guantanamo was built for that reason and I’m a strong advocate of keeping it open. And we need to be super vigilant about what we do with the detainees.”
Barrett, a former Army Captain, says the U.S. needs a new comprehensive national security policy.
National news stories indicate that the father of the suspect in the Christmas Day plot, a leading bank president in Nigeria, had become concerned about his son’s growing radical position and associations. He contacted Nigerian and American authorities to warm them, but the suspect’s name was never elevated to the security level that would have kept him from boarding an American flight.
Barrett says bringing detainees onto American soil should not be an option. “I don’t want those detainees to come to the U.S., certainly not to this state,” he says. “The facts don’t lie and more than 90 out of 200 detainees released, they believe, are back in the field carrying out operations.”
Officials who want to close the Guantanamo facility says that it has become a big negative propaganda tool in the middle east.
Barrett says GITMO and national security should not be traded for international popularity.