obama-gitmoPutting Gitmo terrorists in U.S. prisons would violate federal law.

Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign promise to close the United States’ terrorist detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is running into a few problems.

For one, 30 percent of released detainees return to terrorist activities.  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence reports that of the 653 detainees freed from the prison, 196 have returned to violent terrorism.

The other problem?  Obama’s plan is illegal.

And that’s according to his own Secretary of Defense and Attorney General.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during an interview aired Sunday that it is currently illegal to transfer detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the American homeland.

Carter hopes Congress will change the law to make it legal, however, and told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, who conducted the interview, that he submitted a plan to President Obama to close Guantanamo and move the remaining detainees to a secure facility in the United States.

“I’ve made a proposal for the president, and he has indicated that he’s going to submit that to the Congress,” Carter said.  “Why is that? Because it’s against the law now to establish another detention facility [in the U.S.] so, therefore, we have to get the support of Congress.”

Attorney General Loretta Lynch also agrees Obama’s plan is illegal.

“With respect to individuals being transferred to the United States, the law currently does not allow that,” Lynch told the House Judiciary Committee last November.

Obama is currently considering transferring Guantanamo detainees to the United States, specifically Colorado or other states.

But he would first need Congress to change the law.

For now, Obama is releasing detainees to foreign nations, such as Bosnia and the United Arab Emirates.

Some of those detainees have escaped from foreign custody and returned to terrorist organizations.

Some in Congress worry that housing terrorists in U.S. prisons could make the facilities, and adjacent cities, terrorist targets.

“If you brought terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and located them in a particular city in the United States, would it not be reasonable to conclude that that would enhance the likelihood that that city could be placed on one of these lists?”  Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) asked Lynch.