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Gohmert to Visit Gitmo

Longview News-Journal

Gohmert will review the conditions of detainees at the Cuban base's military prison, the security level of the detention camp and the previous process for military tribunals, according to officials in Gohmert's office.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert is visiting Guantanamo Bay Naval Base this weekend in light of President Barack Obama's plan to close the facility within a year.

Gohmert will review the conditions of detainees at the Cuban base's military prison, the security level of the detention camp and the previous process for military tribunals, according to officials in Gohmert's office.

Obama signed orders in January to close the camp, requiring a review of the 245 detainees to determine whether they should be transferred, released or prosecuted.

"There has been some talk of transferring them to facilities in the U.S., which poses a significant threat to the security of our citizens and raises serious concerns on multiple levels," said Laura Mszar, spokeswoman for Gohmert.

Gohmert serves as ranking member on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over issues including Federal Criminal Code, sentencing, parole and pardons, internal and homeland security, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, prisons, criminal law enforcement and relevant oversight.

"As Congress works to address President Obama's order, every step taken in the progression of the administration's plan must be executed with extreme caution and the consequences weighed from every angle, while making sure that the safety of Americans is our top priority," Mszar said.

She added that Gohmert's visit will provide him with insight into the situation at the facility.