MANCHESTER - Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire took out a full page advertisement in the New Hampshire Union Leader today - calling on Governor Maggie Hassan to fully explain her position on closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility (also known as Gitmo).
**More images of the newspaper advertisement can be provided upon request**
While there are currently over 100 dangerous individuals still at Gitmo, President Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to continue his push to close it despite delays. A review of possible U.S. sites for the prisoners is part of the plan the White House and Pentagon have been drafting for months, but it has been reported that facilities on the East Coast are being considered.
In addition, the Defense Department announced on Monday that five Yemeni nationals were released from Gitmo, including an Al Qaeda terrorist who reportedly had close ties to Osama bin Laden. According to the Pentagon, they were transferred to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Governor Maggie Hassan told the New Hampshire Union Leader in an interview last month that "she would consider closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison," but she has not elaborated further on the issue since.
Organizations like ours have been pressing Governor Hassan for weeks to explain what she believes we should do with Gitmo detainees if the facility is closed. Considering how important this issue is to the safety and security of all Americans, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire even caught up with the governor hoping she would finally be able to give an in-depth explanation to her position, but she refused to answer questions.
Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement;
"Some of the most dangerous individuals in the world currently reside at Gitmo. Especially after last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, Granite Staters are rightly concerned about the Obama Administration's plan to eventually close the facility. Those concerns are heightened further given reports that the Pentagon is considering prisoner relocation areas only hours from the New Hampshire border.
"If Governor Maggie Hassan truly supports closing Gitmo, it stands to reason that she also must have developed a position on what we should do with the more than one hundred dangerous detainees still being held there. It is beyond time for her fully convey that plan to Granite Staters."