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Panel Blocks Moving Detainees To The US

From a deeply saddened New York Times:

House Panel Rejects a Plan to Shift Detainees to Illinois


May 20, 2010

WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee has dealt a blow to President Obama’s hopes to shutter the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by unanimously approving legislation that would prohibit creating a detention center inside the United States.

The administration had asked Congress to approve about $350 million to buy and renovate a nearly empty prison in Thomson, Ill. The White House plan was to empty Guantánamo and transfer its detainees to Illinois — including 48 who would be held without trial as wartime prisoners.

But late Wednesday, the House committee unanimously approved a defense bill for 2011 that bans spending money to build or modify any facility inside the United States to house Guantánamo detainees, according to a summary of the bill.

It says the committee wants to see “a thorough and comprehensive plan that outlines the merits, costs, and risks associated with utilizing such a facility. No such plan has been presented to date. The bill prohibits the use of any funds for this purpose.”

The bill also requires Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to produce a report for Congress that “adequately justifies” any proposal for such a facility in the future, suggesting that lawmakers could reverse course…

That is quite a slap down. And notice that despite The Times misleading headline, this ban prohibits spending money on “any facility inside the United States to house Guantánamo detainees.” Not just the one proposed in Illinois.

Conceivably, this prohibition could prevent Mr. Obama from bringing any of the detainees to the US, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

Also, notice that the vote was unanimous. So the adage is true, after all. Elections do have consequences.

Even the Democrats finally realize that they had better start standing up to some of Mr. Obama’s more insane ideas, if they still want to be around next year.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Panel Blocks Moving Detainees To The US”

  1. proreason says:

    This was probably the plan all along.

    Boy king panders to lunatic base.

    Captive congress doesn’t go along.

    Boy king gets to preen to the world about how he made such a mighty effort but was thrwarted by evil forces.

  2. Right of the People says:

    I still say a facility at either Fort Richardson or Fort Wainwright in Alaska would be perfect for the Gitmo detainees. Even if they were to escape, where would they go?

    Yet another campaign promise broken.

  3. eaglewingz08 says:

    What if Obama transfers all Gitmo detainees to Afghanistan for a day. They would no longer be ‘GITMO’ detainees covered by the ban, and thus could be housed in a modified US facility. Given the Obama Administration’s disrespect for the law, I wouldn’t doubt they would find some weaseling room to permit the transfer.

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