'The President’s first responsibility is to protect American life and liberty'

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder today denounced President Barack Obama’s proposal to close Guantanamo Detention Center and transfer its detainees to a facility in the United States. 

“This is a reckless plan that will put Americans in danger. President Obama apparently is more concerned about America’s perception in the world than he is about American security. The Guantanamo detainees are not typical criminals. They are ideologically committed killers – terrorists in the truest sense. These hardened terrorists now are guarded by the U.S. military, and any domestic prison facility would be far more vulnerable to attack. It is telling that so many nations are happy to complain about human rights and Guantanamo but are unwilling to offer relocation. U.S. national security concerns must take precedence over President Obama’s attempt to secure his hard left-wing legacy. I urge Sens. Blunt and McCaskill and our Missouri delegation in the U.S. House to stand against this irresponsible plan. The President’s first responsibility is to protect American life and liberty. Closing Guantanamo ensures the opposite effect.”