WASHINGTON – Following the recent announcement that U.S. Special Forces captured an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader while carrying out Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) yesterday joined Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) in introducing a resolution to detain ISIL fighters at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
As the United States continues to conduct combat operations against ISIL, U.S. forces are likely to continue capturing terrorists. Guantanamo Bay was established to house individuals who engaged in, aided, abetted or conspired to commit, acts of international terrorism and should be utilized as such as our nation faces a continued threat of terrorism.
“My recent visit to Guantanamo Bay reaffirmed my belief that it is the best place to detain individuals who wish to do our nation harm,” Sen. Moran stated. “The detention facility is a place to counter the serious national security threats we face across the globe. Captured militants affiliated with ISIL and other terrorist groups are dangerous and should be held at Guantanamo Bay, not in Kansas or anywhere else in the United States.”
Read the full text of the resolution below or view it here.
Expressing the sense of Senate that individuals captured
by the United States for supporting the Islamic State
of Iraq and the Levant should be detained at United States Naval Station,
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that—
(1) the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has declared war on the United States;
(2) the United States Armed Forces are currently engaged in combat operations against ISIL;
(3) in conducting combat operations against ISIL, the United States has captured and detained individuals associated with ISIL and will likely capture and hold additional ISIL detainees;
(4) following the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States determined that it would detain at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, individuals who had engaged in, aided, or abetted, or conspired to commit, acts of international terrorism, or acts in preparation therefor, that have caused, threaten to cause, or have as their aim to cause, injury to or adverse effects on the United States, its citizens, national security, foreign policy, or economy;
(5) members of ISIL captured by the United States during combat operations against ISIL meet such criteria for continued detention at United State Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay; and
(6) all individuals captured by the United States during combat operations against ISIL that meet the criteria by their affiliation with ISIL must be detained outside the United States and its territories and should be transferred to United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay.
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