RELEASE: Fitzpatrick Statement on Largest GITMO Detainee Transfer Ever
DOYLESTOWN, PA – Brian Fitzpatrick, former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the largest transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay detention facility in its 14-year history:
“As a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent tasked with combating terrorism and keeping Americans safe, it’s unbelievable that, at a time when threats to our homeland are at an all-time high, this administration continues to make foreign policy decisions based on keeping campaign promises, not keeping us secure. This week’s transfer of 15 Guantanamo Bay terrorists back to the Middle East shows a fundamental lack of seriousness about combating the terror threat we face and the continued politicization of our national security agenda.We already know how this plays out: Earlier this year, the Pentagon reported to Congress that at least a dozen former Guantanamo inmates were responsible for the deaths of Americans overseas – including a female American aid worker in Afghanistan. In all, intelligence reports show that nearly 30-percent of those released from Guantanamo Bay are either confirmed or suspected of reengaging with terrorism.A majority of Americans agree that releasing or transferring known terrorists is a bad move, yet Steve Santarsiero – who has no foreign policy experience and seems stuck inside the partisan bubble of Harrisburg – can’t stand up against dangerous decisions like giving up custody of Osama bin Laden’s personal bodyguards. When I’m elected to Congress, I’ll support a foreign policy rooted in my professional experience of keeping Americans safe– not one providing cover to those who share my party registration.”
For nearly a decade and a half, Fitzpatrick served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation where his focus was fighting political corruption and supporting global counter terrorism efforts. He served as the National Director for the FBI’s Campaign Finance and Election Crimes Enforcement Program, as well as a national supervisor for the FBI’s Political Corruption Unit. For his work, Fitzpatrick was an inaugural recipient of the FBI Director’s Leadership Award. Additionally,Fitzpatrick, prosecuted violent drug and gun offenders to stem the tide of abuse and violence.
Brian Fitzpatrick is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s Eight Congressional District. He is a Levittown native and lives in Middletown Twp. Learn more atwww.brianfitzpatrick.com