Secretary of State John Kerry responded to the news that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee had returned to terrorism Wednesday by saying that “he’s not supposed to be doing that.”
Appearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee to discuss the State Department’s budget requests, Republican Mark Kirk asked Kerry about Ibrahim al-Qosi, who was transferred from Gitmo to Sudan in 2012 to serve out a fourteen-year prison sentence. In December 2015, he resurfaced as the public face of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
“Now that he’s out, I would hope we would end the policy of issuing terrorists to terrorist nations, where they can get out,” Kirk said.
“Well, Senator, he’s not supposed to be doing that,” Kerry responded. “And there are consequences for that, and there will be.”
Kerry pivoted to a defense of repatriation on moral grounds. “The fact is that we’ve got people who’ve been held without charges for 13 years, 14 years in some cases. That’s not American, that’s not how we operate.”
Watch above, via ABC.
[h/t Washington Free Beacon]
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