Hoeven Statement on President Obama's Plan to Close the Military Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s plan to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“All too recent incidents of violence in Europe, the Middle East and even here in the United States, notably in San Bernardino, California, clearly underscore the fact that we continue to be in a global war against terrorism. Having seen firsthand the Guantanamo Bay site, I believe we need to maintain a secure and professionally run military detention facility like it to secure enemy combatants. We need a facility where detainees can be properly interrogated and secured to prosecute the war effectively, protect our men and women in uniform and defend our homeland.” 

In 2011, Hoeven was part of an official Senate delegation to visit the base and detention center at Guantanamo Bay to evaluate its operation and effectiveness.