Calling Out Hoekstra

by Chris Bodenner

A group of former national security and military officials publish a letter knocking the gubernatorial candidate for “stirring up panic and distorting reality for political purposes." Here they target one of his more fallacious claims:

The former warden of the Supermax facility said [convicted terrorists] “spend up to 23 hours a day in their cells, every minute, every meal. The window in their cell is blocked so they can’t see the mountains.” Yet you stated that detainees housed in America “would have greater opportunities to command and control their networks through outsiders and to spread radical jihadist ideology.” The Supermax warden also stated that Ramzi Yousef has never left his cell. If the same-if not stricter-standards are applied to Guantanamo detainees held domestically, then how exactly would they command terrorist networks overseas?