October 22, 2015

Hassan Would Consider Closing Gitmo, Transferring Detainees

New Hampshire voters will have a clear choice in the 2016 senate race when it comes to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which houses detainees suspected of acts of terrorism against the United States.

The Union Leader reports that Sen. Kelly Ayotte is leading a congressional delegation to Guantanamo to ensure the “terrorists are not allowed to dictate” the facility’s operations, and she been an outspoken critic of President Obama’s plan to close the facility and transfer detainees to the United States.

Gov. Maggie Hassan, on the other hand, has said she is receptive to the Obama administrations plan to close Gitmo in an interview with The Union Leader earlier this month:

Hassan said she would consider closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison, but only in a context that ensures the protection of U.S. citizens.

President Obama is so determined to transfer Gitmo detainees to U.S. facilities that he vetoed a Defense bill late Thursday that would have given American troops a pay raise, citing provisions in the legislation that prohibited the transfers. The Associated Press reports:

Obama also rejects the bill as written due to provisions making it harder for him to transfer suspected terror detainees out of the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a key campaign promise that Obama is hard-pressed to fulfill before his term ends.

Granite State voters, especially members of the military and veterans, may find Hassan’s support of the administration’s Gitmo policy hard to swallow when it comes at the expense of American soldiers.