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McDonnell Opposes Guantanamo Terrorists in Va

Anita Kumar

Republican gubernatorial nominee Robert F. McDonnell said today that he supports legislation that would prevent inmates currently housed at Guantanamo Bay from being transferred to a facility in Virginia.

President Obama has vowed to close Guantanamo by January, and the government is reviewing files on the roughly 240 detainees. The administration has strongly indicated that some will be transferred to federal courts, and a senior Justice Department official recently named Alexandria, along with Manhattan, as possible destinations.

"The terrorists and enemy combatants currently housed 90 miles from our shores at Guantanamo Bay are some of the most dangerous men in the world,'' McDonnell said. "Now the federal government is considering placing some of these individuals in the middle of a busy Virginia city, just feet away from hotels, apartments, restaurants and shops."

U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) introduced a bill that would prevent federal money from being used to move Guantanamo Bay inmates to Virginia.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 17, 2009; 5:21 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Comments

This is mostly political posturing, but that's what politicians do.

If we have to house Gitmo detainees in the US, a nice camp in Alaska or the Midwest prairies would be remote enough to be entirely safe.

Posted by: Simon23p | April 18, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

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