WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Inhofe on Tuesday helped a nonpartisan group launch a media ad opposing President Barack Obama’s order to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.
Inhofe, R-Tulsa, praised the group, Move America Forward, and said he is pushing legislation that would prevent any of the prisoners from being moved to prisons in the United States.
Inhofe, who recently returned from a visit to the prison in Cuba, said the detainees are treated well and that the prison is serving a valuable purpose.
Asked whether the prisoners should remain at the prison indefinitely, Inhofe said, "I wish there were more choices. There really aren’t. I guess we could execute them. Do you want to do that?”
Melanie Morgan, Move America Forward chairman, said Obama’s "misguided” decision to close the prison would "impact the safety of every American.”
Attending the news conference were relatives of people killed in the 9/11 attacks and in the war in Iraq. The group’s television ad asks people to sign a petition opposing Obama’s order.
The president met last week with victims’ relatives of the 9/11 and USS Cole attacks and said he thinks closing the prison would keep the nation safe and ensure "swift and certain justice” for the detainees, according to the White House.