Amarillo Representative Sees Flaws In Plan To Close Guantanamo Bay
Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, released a statement regarding President Obama's plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
Congressman Thornberry is a member of the House of Representatives from Clarendon, just north of Amarillo. He represents the 13th District of Texas, which spans across most of the Texas Panhandle into North Texas. This includes Amarillo and Wichita Falls.
Thornberry also serves as the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. That means he speaks for the House of Representatives regarding America's armed services.
Today, February 23rd, President Obama addressed Congress about his plan to close Guantanamo Bay, a U.S. detention center in Cuba that houses terrorists who were detained after 9/11.
President Obama promised to close GTMO at the start of his presidency in 2008.
Congressman Thornberry expressed his belief that the president's plan does not include vital details that would make this action possible. Thornberry said that among these details is the proposed location for a new detention center in the U.S. that would take the place of GTMO.
However, U.S. officials said that the plan includes 13 proposed locations, including Colorado, Kansas, and South Carolina. The detainees would be moved from their location in Cuba to America soil.
The president's previous plans to close GTMO have been aggressively opposed by Congress. He said that he would be willing to use executive action to close the prison before the end of his presidency.