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Mike Fitzpatrick Tours Gitmo, Calls it “Invaluable”

by Jamie Brackman

PA United States Representative Mike Fitzpatrick toured the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison last week.  The facility that became synonymous with American torture and abuse in 2004, is under a new executive order from President Obama to be reorganized.  Fitzpatrick said that the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners to American soil would be “wrongheaded.”

On Saturday Fitzpatrick’s office released this statement regarding  the representatives visit to Guantanamo Bay.  The visit was described as an inspection of living facilities and detention operations in the facility. Fitzpatrick said that the facility had provided invaluable information to the US Military.  He also stressed that the prison was treating it’s inmates humanely, leaving past controversy unmentioned.

“The United States Department of Defense has proven its commitment to ensuring that all detainees are kept in a safe, secure and humane environment…” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick’s support for the prison should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with his nearly wholly conservative voting record.

Fitzpatrick’s election in 2010 was aided by Obama’s low approval ratings, along with many of his Republican colleagues.  With Obama’s approval ratings improving but unstable, highly conservative Republican congressmen like Fitzpatrick are likely to face a tougher election in 2012, and hot-button issues like Guantanamo Bay could be a factor.

“JTF GTMO, through its military and government employees, provides an invaluable support to intelligence collection, law enforcement and war crimes investigations.” Fitzpatrick said in his report.

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