As lawmakers on Capitol Hill battle over whether to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a four-member congressional delegation from Virginia, led by Democratic Rep. Jim Moran, traveled there Friday.
Rep. Frank Wolf, a Republican, released a statement Tuesday saying that upon touring the facility, he has determined there is no torture or abuse going to warrant its closure.
“On Friday, I travelled to Guantanamo Bay at the request of my colleague Congressman Moran, who also invited Senator Kaine and Congressman Connolly to join,” he said. “The American service men and women working at Guantanamo Bay are doing an outstanding job, despite the constant threat of physical and verbal attacks, mass disturbances and ‘splashing,’ when detainees mix urine and feces with milk and throw it in the guards’ faces.”
Mr. Wolf insisted that prisoners at Guantanamo are “still in the fight” and direct that aggression at the men and women serving as guards.
“Despite these challenges, the center is run in a safe, humane, transparent and, above all, legal manner,” he added. “There is no torture. There is no abuse. The detainees are treated with respect. In fact, the detainees live in better conditions than they would at a supermax prison.”
Upon touring the facility, Mr. Wolf remains firmly opposed to shutting down Guantanamo Bay.
“The individuals being held at Guantanamo Bay are dangerous people who continue to want to harm Americans,” he continued. “It is also worth noting that of the detainees who have already been released, nearly one-third have returned to the fight, according to unclassified reports issued by the administration.”
Jim Moran issued a statement last week urging Congress to close Guantanamo.
“Maintaining the detention center at Guantanamo Bay is more about politics than good policy,” he said. “I applaud the President’s commitment to closing this facility and will continue pursuing all legislative options that will allow for the transfer of the remaining 84 detainees who have been cleared,” he concluded.