Sasse Praises SECDEF on Rule of Law

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse praised Defense Secretary Carter on his commitment to the rule of law regarding the closure of Guantanamo Bay.

“Defense Secretary Carter gets it: We are a nation of laws,” said Sasse. “His recognition yesterday that Guantanamo detainees cannot be transferred to the US without Congressional action is a welcome change from the Administration’s frequent efforts to operate outside of the Constitution.”

Background:

On Monday, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told reporters that he supported closing the Guantanamo detention facility, but admitted the the President cannot do so unilaterally. “So it is good if it can be done, but it cannot be done under current law. The law has to be changed,” Carter said.