Democrats vote to bring Gitmo terrorists to U.S.

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Gitmo terrorists coming to a neighborhood near you. And when they are locked up in your neighborhood, it will be a bigger target than Gitmo ever was. Contact your rep’s ASAP.

By ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press | via Breitbart

WASHINGTON (AP) – Handing President Barack Obama a partial victory in his effort to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, House Democrats on Thursday repelled a Republican effort to block transfer of any of the detainees to the U.S. Instead, by a 224-193 vote, the House stood by a Democratic plan to allow suspected enemy combatants held at the controversial facility in Cuba to be shipped to U.S. soil—but only to be prosecuted for their suspected crimes.

The Guantanamo restrictions were attached by House-Senate negotiators on a $42.8 billion homeland security appropriations bill. The measure subsequently passed by a 307-114 vote.

President Barack Obama has ordered the facility closed in January but has yet to offer a plan to meet his deadline.

Democratic leaders had to push hard to win the vote because many Democrats two weeks ago had cast a nonbinding but politically safe vote against any Guantanamo detainee transfers. But several Democrats from swing districts said they saw little political risk on Thursday’s vote.

“It’s a non-issue. Inside the (Washington) Beltway stuff,” said first-term Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y. “People care about jobs, the economy, health care.”

“I haven’t had one person ask me about Guantanamo,” said Rep. Baron Hill, D-Ind. He added that he does “not in the least” fear it as an issue in next year’s elections.

Permitting Guantanamo prisoners to be transferred to U.S. soil to stand trial had been a bipartisan compromise earlier. It mostly tracks current restrictions put in place in June and is similar to a version backed by Republicans earlier in the year. In fact, Republicans such as top Appropriations panel Rep. Jerry Lewis of California helped fashion the compromise.

But in the absence of a plan from the administration for closing the facility, Lewis has toughened his talk, calling the administration’s plan misguided and potentially dangerous.

“Terrorists should not be treated like common criminals in federal court,” Lewis said. “These detainees are enemies of the state, and should be treated as such by being held and brought to justice right where they are—in Guantanamo Bay.”

Democrats say that Republicans are simply seeking a political opening.

Still, the public is mixed at best on the idea of closing Guantanamo and transferring some of its prisoners to the U.S. Respondents to an AP/Gfk poll in June found Americans evenly divided on whether they support Obama’s decision to close Guantanamo. A Gallup poll taken around the same time—but with the question worded differently—found that respondents opposed closing Guantanamo by a 2-1 margin and rejected the idea of moving detainees to their states by a 4-1 margin.

Several of the fiscal 2010 funding bills contain varying restrictions on the transfer of Guantanamo detainees, reflecting widespread opposition among voters. The Senate-passed defense appropriations bill, for example, contains an outright ban on releasing Guantanamo detainees into the U.S., including for trial or incarceration.

And some sane thinking via Republicans oppose bringing 9/11 plotters to US for trial:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday defended a Republican measure to prevent bringing five September 11 suspects from their Guantanamo prison to the United States for trial in civilian courts.

The question is not whether terror suspects should be brought to justice. The question is where and how,” the Republican senator said Wednesday.

And the answer is perfectly clear: the right forum is military commissions at the secure facility we already have at Guantanamo, not in civilian courts in US communities,” he added.

The Republican amendment presented Tuesday stipulates that no Justice Department funds can be allotted for “the prosecution in… (a) court of the United States of an individual suspected of planning, authorizing, organizing, committing, or aiding the attacks on the United States and its citizens that occurred on September 11, 2001.”

McConnell said “military courts are the proper forum for prosecuting terrorists who violate the laws of war.

“Our past experiences with terror trials in civilian courts have clearly been shown to undermine our national security,” he added.

The senator for Kentucky argued that if convicted and imprisoned in the United States, the Guantanamo detainees would have the right to remain in the country upon their release.

He cited the case of several Chinese Muslims who were cleared of any wrongdoing four years ago, but who are still held at Guantanamo because Washington is unwilling to send them back to China and no country wants to accept them.

The five Guantanamo prisoners suspected of masterminding the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States are Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid bin Attash, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, Mustapha al-Hawsawi and Ramzi Binalshibh.

Related: Obama’s failure of imagination

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