Senator Richard Burr: Setting terrorists free

When I was in Winston-Salem last week, I took a moment to talk to WXII NBC Greensboro about President Obama’s decision to release 15 suspected terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.


It’s disgraceful to our troops, who put their lives on the line every day, to let these terrorists go free. We know that nearly 30 percent of detainees released are confirmed or suspected of having returned to terrorist activity.

Here are the 15 dangerous individuals that President Obama set free this week:

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This dangerous group includes individuals who served as body guards for Osama Bin Laden, taught terrorist tactics at Al Qaeda training camps, and led attacks against coalition forces.

It is unconscionable that this administration continues to release known terrorists. Several terrorists previously released by the Obama administration have returned to the battlefield and re-engaged in attacks against coalition forces and our allies. This administration continues to put our national security at risk in misguided attempts to fulfill campaign pledges and to cement the President’s legacy.