The Madness! Importing Terrorists!
From MSNBC: This is so ridiculous. Boehner decides to play the fear card-once again-making a statement-filled with fake fury-about the Gitmo detainee who has come to NYC for trial. His arguments are so weak and have no merit, given that the others responsible for the same attacks were tried right here in the USA! How can Boehner get away with this?
Said House Minority Leader John Boehner in a statement:
This is the first step in the Democrats’ plan to import terrorists into America. Without a plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, the Administration has made the decision to begin transferring these terrorists into the United States, in spite of the overwhelming opposition of the American people and serious questions from Members of Congress of both parties. There are more than 200 of the world’s most dangerous men held at the Guantanamo Bay prison. Does the Administration plan to transfer all of them into our nation in this way? Do they plan to give them the same legal rights as the American people? Just what is the Administration’s plan for closing this prison?
Per NBC’s Pete Williams:
Obama administration officials say they’ve decided on the first Guantanamo Bay detainee, Ahmed Ghailani, who will be brought to the U.S. to stand trial on terrorism charges. Ghailani is under indictment for his role in the Africa embassy bombings in 1998, and federal prosecutors would put him on trial in New York. Williams says that makes sense, because other defendants in the embassy bombings were tried and convicted there.