Sen. Nelson: ‘I Don’t Support Closing Guantanamo Bay’ At This Point
March 9, 2010 - 8:47 PMSenator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) told CNSNews.com that he does not support closing Guantanamo Bay at this time after visiting the prison and looking at the issue.
During an interview on Capitol Hill, CNSNews.com asked Nelson, “Do you support closing Guantanamo Bay?”
Senator Nelson said, “Not at this point. We haven’t had the hearing so I don’t know what they’re going to bring up, but I don’t support closing Guantanamo Bay.”
“I’ve been there,” said Nelson. “I’ve viewed it and I’ve looked at the issue. But I’m anxious to hear what the hearing has to say and promote one way or another because I think it will be a fairly – it will be a strong hearing in terms of what the impact is of keeping, what the costs are in closing, and what you would do as an alternative. And that’s what I’m anxious to find out.”
On May 24, 2009, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Senator Nelson if he thought the Guantanamo Bay prison would be open or closed by the following January 2010.
“Well, the president said it should be closed,” Nelson told Wallace. “John McCain said it should be closed. President Bush before he left said it should be closed. Secretary Gates said it should be closed. And former secretary Colin Powell, I believe, has also said it should be closed.”
“And whether it's closed or not, we have to have a plan in place that outlines how we deal with the, the people who are incarcerated there, the combatants,” said Nelson. “We have to find a way to do that. That's why I think we're -- people are jumping on the president right now. I think what they ought to do is wait until a plan comes out. Then there's plenty of time. I'm sure they'll find another reason to jump on him at that point.”