January 11: House chairman urges Obama to stop Gitmo transfers, cites terrorists’ return to battlefield

Citing fresh intelligence that freed Guantanamo Bay detainees are returning to terrorism, a top House Republican called on President Obama Tuesday to halt immediately any more releases from the prison.

In a letter to the president, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Edward R. Royce, California Republican, said the administration knows that it’s transferring detainees to countries such as Uruguay that have little ability to prevent the terrorists’ return to the battlefield.

“Your efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay cannot come at the expense of U.S. national security,” Mr. Royce said. “In light of this dangerous revelation, I again ask that you immediately halt all transfers from Guantanamo Bay and take steps to secure former detainees who pose a threat to U.S. national security.”