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Rep. Peters Letter to Defense Secretary Carter: No GITMO Detainees at Miramar

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter continuing to advocate against the potential moving of prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS) Brig. Rep. Peters noted his opposition to moving prisoners to Miramar earlier this year when Department of Defense officials listed the site as a potential transfer site.

The letter can be read HERE or in full below:


Dear Secretary Carter,

As the Congressional Representative for San Diego, I write to you today to express my deep concern with the news that Miramar Brig is being considered a potential location for housing Guantanamo detainees. I urge you to remove Miramar from consideration.

Regardless of whether or not we agree on whether to give the Pentagon the flexibility to look at ways to close Guantanamo, we agree that any potential location for housing Guantanamo prisoners should be in a remote location, away from populated areas, in a maximum security facility from which no prisoner has ever escaped, and that has experience housing the most dangerous criminals. The Miramar Brig does not meet that criteria and I urge the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice to remove Miramar from consideration.


Scott Peters

Member, U.S. House of Representatives (CA-52)