Following news reports that at least 12 detainees previously held at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center have been implicated in attacks on and in the deaths of American citizens, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a Naval Reserve Officer who served at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center during his active duty service, responded:

“We have known that large numbers of released detainees return to the terrorism and the admission by the Obama administration that at least six Americans have been killed at the hands of released detainees starkly demonstrates the danger of putting terrorists back into circulation.  These numbers almost assuredly do not include American deaths that occurred at the hands of units commanded by released detainees, such as Mullah Zakir.  Nor do the numbers include the death and destruction that released detainees have visited upon the local civilian populations.  The bottom line is that, by releasing unrepentant terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, the Obama administration is contributing to the security threats that U.S. personnel and our allies face on a daily basis.”

DeSantis and Sen. Tom Cotton (AR) previously introduced the Guantanamo Bay Recidivism Prevention Act which would prohibit foreign assistance if a country received a detainee from the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay on or after February 1, 2015, and the detainee subsequently appeared on the administration’s detainee recidivist report (as defined by Section 319 of Public Law 111 – 32).