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Gohmert Says He's Struck by Guantanamo Prisoners' Good Treatment

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Tyler Congressman Louie Gohmert is back from a weekend trip to Guantanamo Bay with other House Judiciary Committee members, and he says he's struck by the good treatment prisoners get there.

Tyler Congressman Louie Gohmert is back from a weekend trip to Guantanamo Bay with other House Judiciary Committee members, and he says he's struck by the good treatment prisoners get there. Gohmert says, "We don't have prisoners in Texas or the federal system that are normally treated as well as they are there." He says guards have to deal with detainees throwing urine and feces at them dozens of times a day, but that the guards are limited in what they can do. Referring to the guards as "just saints," Gohmert adds that the most they do to the prisoners is take away some of their movie time and occasionally cut in on their outside time, which he calls "pretty outrageous." Gohmert also says there has never been any torture at the facility.

In light of President Obama’s plan to close Gitmo, Gohmert and his colleagues reviewed the conditions for detainees, the level of security required for detention, and the previous process for military tribunals. Other representatives making the trip were Ranking Member Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA). Gohmert says he and the others are all pretty much on the same page regarding the situation at Guantanamo. According to Gohmert, there are some truly dangerous terrorists being held there. Gohmert is in fact a cosponsor of H.R. 630, the Enemy Combatant Detention Review Act of 2009, which would prohibit federal courts from ordering the release or transfer of Gitmo detainees into the U.S. He says the next step is to share the weekend delegation's findings with the full House Judiciary Committee.