Republican Senator: ‘Guantanamo Detainees Can Rot in Hell’ – VIDEO
Freshman Republican Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) thinks that Guantanamo Bay detainees can “rot in hell.” At least that’s what he said during a Thursday morning hearing.
The Senate Armed Services Committee was hearing testimony from Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon.
McKeon told the committee that closing down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay was a “national security imperative” for the Obama administration as it had exorbitant costs to operate and had become a recruitment tool for terrorists as reported by Vice News.
Cotton, an Iraqi war veteran, responded:
In my opinion, the only problem with Guantanamo Bay is there are too many empty beds and cells there right now. We should be sending more terrorists there. As far as I’m concerned, every last one of them can rot in hell. But as long as they can’t do that, they can rot in Guantanamo Bay.
The hearing was briefly interrupted at one point by member of the activist group CodePink, some of which were wearing orange jumpsuits which have become for many the symbol of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
McKeon noted that
It is no coincidence that the recent ISIS videos showing the barbaric burning of a Jordanian pilot and the savage execution of a Japanese hostage each showed the victim clothed in an orange jumpsuit, believed by many to be the symbol of the Guantanamo detention facility.
You can watch a clip of the exchange, below, from Sen. Cotton’s YouTube page.
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