PEORIA, Ill. — U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock says closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba would threaten national security.
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock says closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba would threaten national security. He says the facility’s detainees provide key information in fighting terrorism. Schock toured the facility Monday with five other members of Congress, including Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat from Evanston. Schock said he wanted to form his own opinion on whether Guantanamo should be closed. After the tour, the Peoria Republican said he’s decided there’s "no safer or more appropriate place" to house detainees. President Barack Obama has planned to close the Navy detention center where alleged terrorists are held. U.S. officials have been searching for places to resettle detainees, lobbying hard with foreign governments. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.