Paul Ryan on Guantanamo Bay

Last Updated : Aug 14, 2012

Summary

Congressman Ryan supports the use of Guantanamo Bay to house terrorists and the use of military tribunals as trials for those detainees. In 2009, when President Obama attempted to move detainees to the US mainland and have civilian trials for them, Congressman Ryan asserted that the President was fundamentally confusing acts of war with mere criminal acts, and was naively believing that combating terrorism is a fight best left to courtrooms. He asserted that the President should adhere to the constitutional process of military tribunals established to deal with the world’s most dangerous terrorists currently held in Guantanamo Bay, and that moving these detainees from Guantanamo Bay to northern Illinois will neither expedite the administration of justice nor strengthen the security of our homeland. Congressman Ryan voted in favor of a funding bill to prevent any funds from being used to move detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the US and was a cosponsor of the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act.

 

Opposition to Transferring Terrorists

On November 17, 2009 Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his opposition to the transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, his support for the military commissions system, and his support for continuing to keep GITMO open.

 

Voting Record

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010

In October of 2010, the House voted on a funding bill for Homeland Security. Buried within that legislation was language to prevent any funds from being used to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the US or to their home nation. Also in that funding bill was a definition that made photos taken of prisoners at Guantanamo bay classified and unable to be released. The act passed the House 258-163. Paul Ryan voted in favor of the act which prevented the movement of prisoners from Gitmo and classified photos of detainees.

Paul Ryan voted in favor of the act which prevented the movement of prisoners from Gitmo and classified photos of detainees.

Military Commissions Act of 2006

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 established the authority to hold military tribunals for unlawful enemy combatants. It also defined that term and several others. The legislation was passed 253-168 in September of 2006. Paul Ryan voted in favor of the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

Paul Ryan voted in favor of the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 2294; Keep Terrorists Out of America Act - Cosponsor

To require the approval of the relevant State governor and legislature and the President's notification and certification before the transfer or release of an individual currently detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a location in the United States, and for other purposes.

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