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McKeon blasts detainee transfer

Congressman upset U.S. is housing Gitmo prisoners

Posted: June 9, 2009 7:50 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2009 7:30 a.m.
The transfer of Guantanamo Bay prison detainee Ahmed Ghailani to a prison in New York was strongly criticized today by Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon. Ghailani is an accused co-conspirator of the Aug. 7, 1998, U.S. Embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that killed 234 people. In a statement issued Tuesday, McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, slammed the decision by President Barack Obama to begin transferring prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S.   

“These Guantanamo detainees are trained and even bred to foment dissent against Americans,” McKeon said.

“Do we really want them engaged with our prison population, where they will inevitably generate a following of hatred towards the United States government and the rule of law? This is just the start of what’s to come as one-by-one, terrorist detainees are brought to American soil.”

In spite of McKeon’s sharp criticism of the plan to move terror suspects to the United States, the Congressman said a resolution on Guantanamo Bay and the terror suspects housed at the facility is necessary.

“That’s an area of specific interest to the Congressman,” Mask said about Guantanamo Bay and its terror suspects. McKeon underlined his conviction that the detainees should not be brought to U.S. soil.


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