Obama denies Hoekstra (R-MI) trip to Gitmo

Hoekstra: Administration Response to Guantanamo Bay Visit Raises Questions about Commitment to Transparency

Washington, Sep 8, 2009

U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the Obama administration’s response to his request to take Michigan lawmakers and media for an oversight and investigation visit to Guantanamo Bay showed that the administration is not serious in its alleged commitment to transparency and openness.

“After a summer in which the American people made clear that they want more answers and information from their government, the administration has slammed the door in the face of everyone who wants to know more about the president’s plan to transfer hundreds of terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States,” Hoekstra said. “Decisions like this cannot be made in a vacuum and it is fundamentally wrong to ask that they be made based on partial information. For an administration that said it was going to be the most open and transparent in history, this shows the kind of closed-minded planning and decision making that has dogged the White House all summer.”

In a letter to Hoekstra, the Department of Defense declined his request to lead a delegation to visit the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba…

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