Human rights experts from the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have called on the United States Government to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility and end impunity for abuses in the so-called ‘global war on terror’ such as ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ and extraordinary rendition.
However, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has responded sharply to the “Clinton-Obama plan” for moving terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
“Moving the most radical Islamic terrorists to the U.S. is a dangerous course of action that is illegal without congressional authorization,” said RNC chairman Reince Priebus.
“There’s a reason why communities in states like Kansas, Colorado, and South Carolina oppose bringing the world’s most dangerous terrorists into their backyards and previous attempts have been met with overwhelming bipartisan opposition.”
Earlier, RNC had launched a petition and digital ad campaign calling on President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to keep terrorists off American soil.
The campaign came ahead of President Obama’s pending announcement to circumvent Congress and the law to close Guantanamo Bay, a plan Clinton supported as Secretary of State.
“Despite growing fear among Americans about radical Islamic terror, President Obama’s last-ditch attempt to fulfill a campaign promise puts politics above keeping America safe. Hillary Clinton, a leading advocate of this approach, needs to explain to residents in South Carolina and residents near other potential sites how placing hardened Jihadists in their communities will make them safer,” Priebus said in the statement.