July 19, 2007, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 2351 proposed by Senator McConnell to Amendment SA 2327.
July 19, 2007, 7:21 pm ET - McConnell Amdt. No. 2351
Full Text of this Amendment
At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __. SENSE OF SENATE ON THE DETAINEES AT GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA.
(a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
(1) During the War on Terror, senior members of al Qaeda have been captured by the United States military and intelligence personnel and their allies.
(2) Many such senior members of al Qaeda have since been transferred to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
(3) These senior al Qaeda members detained at Guantanamo Bay include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which killed approximately 3,000 innocent people.
(4) These senior al Qaeda members detained at Guantanamo Bay also include Majid Khan, who was tasked to develop plans to poison water reservoirs inside the United States, was responsible for conducting a study on the feasibility of a potential gas station bombing campaign inside the United States, and was integral in recommending Iyman Farris, who plotted to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge, to be an operative for al Qaeda inside the United States.
(5) These senior al Qaeda members detained at Guantanamo Bay also include Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was an al Qaeda operations chief for the Arabian Peninsula and who, at the request of Osama bin Laden, orchestrated the attack on the U.S.S. Cole, which killed 17 United States sailors.
(6) These senior al Qaeda members detained at Guantanamo Bay also include Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, who played a major role in the East African Embassy Bombings, which killed more than 250 people.
(7) The Department of Defense has estimated that of the approximately 415 detainees who have been released or transferred from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, at least 29 have subsequently taken up arms against the United States and its allies.
(8) Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, said in his 1998 fatwa against the United States, that ``[t]he ruling to kill the Americans and their allies--civilians and military--is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it''.
(9) In the same fatwa, bin Laden said, ``[w]e--with God's help--call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it''.
(10) It is safer for American citizens if captured members of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are not housed on American soil where they could more easily carry out their mission to kill innocent civilians.
(b) Sense of Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate that detainees housed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including senior members of al Qaeda, should not be released into American society, nor should they be transferred stateside into facilities in American communities and neighborhoods.
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Jul 19, 2007.)