May 21st, 2009
03:22 PM ET
11 years ago

Steele: Obama's Guantanamo plan endangers national security

Steele said shutting down the Guantanamo prison camp would threaten national security.

Steele said shutting down the Guantanamo prison camp would threaten national security.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Michael Steele blasted President Obama's national security speech Thursday, accusing the president of jeopardizing national security by wanting to shutter the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay.

"It's astonishing that the day after we learned one in seven terrorists who have been freed returned to terrorism, President Obama gave a speech in which he is still promising to close down GITMO," Steele said in a statement provided to CNN. "Putting these terrorists on American soil is dangerous, naïve and a threat to America's national security."

"President Obama needs to stop repeatedly passing the buck by blaming the Bush administration, which kept America safe for the last eight years," he said. "By continuing to promise the closure of GITMO and allowing terrorists into the United States, President Obama is demonstrating irresponsibility at the highest level."

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  1. Mark-Atlanta

    This country will not be safe until Cheney, Bush, Woolfowitz, Rumsfeld and Rove are in the jail. They fabricated the facts to provide false reasons for attacking Iraq. Because of them 4,000 our soldiers dies, 100,000 Iraqi citizens died and more than a trillion dollar were spent on this adventure – money that our grandchildren will have to pay.

    May 21, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. alvino


    Which episode of the Glenn Beck Show did you use for your study?

    May 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Ellen

    Kept our country safe!!!!! Are you kidding – didn't 9/11 happen on their watch???????? We are in greater danger now than we were 8 years ago because of the actions of the Bush/Cheney gang. Cheney keeps saying – it was legal, as if that makes it okay, when it was only legal because he clicked his heels three times and Yoo, et al. made it so... Those first wave of interrogators got good intelligence without waterboarding, so Cheney is an absolute liar. He is proving, every time he opens he opens his mouth, that he is a man of little character...

    May 21, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Anonymous


    Just know this, a man termed as a Terrorist can be a Freedom Fighter for someone else. What do you think makes a man good or bad? The SITUATION and CIRCUMSTANCES that he was in. So all Terrorists are not born with that attitude but they are forced into it because of their circumstances which no one can understand why.

    May 21, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. James M. Holmes

    Republicans are the REAL terrorists... they NEVER miss an opportunity to TERRORIZE the American public!

    Thankfully, it seems the American public seems to have wised up to it!

    May 21, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. J.P.

    Hmm, so let me try to keep the liberal group-think straight here...

    ...the fact that Club Gitmo exists is, in fact, a recruiting tool for those who hate us and want to saw our heads off. Right? So that's the latest pablum en vogue?

    So... what motivated terrorists to fly planes into buildings on Sept. 11, you know, BEFORE Club Gitmo "recruited" the terrorists into angry jihad?

    May 21, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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