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February 2, 2009 - 5:22 PM

My Visit to Guantanamo Today

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Posted by: Sen. Richard Burr
 
Today I had the opportunity to visit the Defense Department's Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  I was immensely impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the men and women there serving our Nation.  They are quietly performing a very difficult but necessary mission in a frequently stressful environment.
 
Despite some of the misinformation that has become associated with Guantanamo, the facility continues to provide key intelligence on dangerous groups intent on harming Americans and our allies.
 
From my visit today, it appears to me that everything from the design of the facilities to the detailed operating procedures of the guard force, medical professionals, and support staff is well thought out and in keeping with our Nation's highest ideals.
 
If anyone receives mistreatment at Guantanamo, it is the guard force.  They must endure frequent verbal and physical attacks from detainees while maintaining the highest standard of care for those same individuals.
 
Instead of focusing on closing the facility at Guantanamo Bay, we need to think long and hard about where we can hold some of these very hardened and dangerous individuals, many of whom could never be incarcerated in the United States.