“Last May, the Administration struck a secret deal with the Taliban, releasing five dangerous terrorists from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, a deserter. This prisoner swap was illegal. The law required the President to notify Congress 30 days in advance of any such release.  Since then it has been reported that the ‘Taliban 5’ have lived comfortably in Qatar and some have even communicated with their old extremist colleagues in the Taliban. It has also been reported that terror groups have travelled to Qatar to meet with them.

On Monday, these five terrorists will be free to leave Qatar and roam around the world wherever they please. There is no doubt in my mind that these five jihadists will go right back to where they came from, this time even more hell bent on killing Americans.

The Administration should stop this from happening and extend the travel ban for these five extremists. Furthermore, not one more prisoner should be released from Guantanamo without explicit Congressional approval. Releasing these prisoners will only strengthen and embolden the extremist groups America and our allies on the ground in the Middle East are struggling to defeat."


Congressman Poe is Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism.