FBI Director: Bringing Gitmo Detainees to U.S. Is Risky
Former Guantanamo Bay detainees could support terrorism in the United States, even if they’re locked up in a maximum security prison, FBI Director Robert Mueller suggested at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. Concerns about terrorists being held in the United States “run from concerns about providing financing, radicalizing others,” Mueller said, as well as “the potential for individuals undertaking attacks in the United States,” according to The Associated Press.
Though he wouldn’t discuss the risks posed by any particular individuals, responding to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who tried to get him to agree that terrorists could be kept safely in maximum security prisons, as they usually are, Mueller said that’s not necessarily true, because imprisoned gang leaders sometimes run their gangs from inside prisons.
“It depends on the circumstances,” Mueller said.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the ranking Republican on the committee, repeated his mantra that terrorists should not be allowed anywhere in the United States. “No good purpose is served by allowing known terrorists, who trained at terrorist training camps, to come to the U.S. and live among us,” he said. “Guantanamo Bay was never meant to be an Ellis Island.”