Chairman McCaul Statement on President’s Counterterrorism Speech

May 23, 2013 Issues: Counterterrorism

Washington, D.C. – U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech today on counterterrorism and national security policy.

Chairman McCaul: “The fact remains that al Qaeda and its affiliates continue to threaten the homeland. The President’s desire to close Guantanamo Bay leaves the homeland vulnerable to terrorists who will be transferred back to terror safe havens, and that history has shown could return to the fight. The President’s policies signal a retreat from the threat of al Qaeda, which has decentralized and spread throughout the world. The Obama Administration’s return to a pre-9/11 counterterrorism mindset puts American lives at risk. This war will continue whether the President acknowledges it or not.”