Republicans Decry Guantanamo Detainee Transfer to US
By Perry Bacon Jr.
Congressional Republicans today sharply attacked the Obama administration's decision to bring a detainee from Guantanomo Bay to the United States.
"The administration has made the decision to begin transferring these terrorists to the United States, in spite of the overwhelming opposition of the American people and serious questions from members of Congress of both parties," said House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Noting a bill that passed 90-6 last month that banned the transfer or incarceration of detainees from Guantanomo to U.S. prisons, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the president was ignoring the "clear desire of Congress and the American people that these terrorists not be brought to the United States." McConnell also questioned if Obama had this authority under current law, saying "there's an argument that existing law prohibits bringing terrorists into the United States." He declined to say if Congress would consider further action to stop the administration from bringing other detainees here for trial.
But Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) strongly defended Obama's decision, noting the U.S. already houses many accused terrorists in prisons around the country.
"No one has every escaped" from the so-called Supermax prison in Colorado, Durbin said.
Posted at 12:08 PM ET on Jun 9, 2009
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