via Kelly Ayotte – United States Senator. h/t @CausingFitna
WASHINGTON, DC – During consideration of the annual defense authorization bill, the Senate tonight approved an amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) that would prevent terrorist detainees from being transferred from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to American soil. The measure was approved by a vote of 54 to 41.
“The top-rate facility at Guantanamo allows for the secure and humane detention of foreign terrorist detainees. With a specially-designed courtroom, it is singularly equipped to safeguard intelligence that is critical to protecting our country,” said Senator Ayotte. “The administration may want to close Guantanamo, but the American people do not want foreign terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed brought to the United States.”
As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Senator Ayotte has worked to keep open the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility, keep terrorist detainees out of the United States, and limit the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo to foreign countries. Last year, Senator Ayotte introduced the Detaining Terrorists to Secure America Act (S. 944), bipartisan legislation that would keep open the Guantanamo Bay facility for the detention and interrogation of current and future terrorists. The bill would also permanently limit the transfer of detainees to foreign countries.
A minor impediment for Obama and Holder as Michelle Malkin writes, Gitmo North returns: Obama’s shady prison deal:
If you thought President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder had given up on closing Guantanamo Bay and bringing jihadists to American soil, think again. Two troubling developments on the Gitmo front should have every American on edge.
Sen. Durbin told a local Illinois paper that “the decision to move ahead came directly from President Barack Obama” and that he had secured the green light during a discussion on Air Force One earlier in the spring.
The shady deal “directly violates the clear objection of the House Appropriations Committee and goes against the bipartisan objections of members in the House and Senate, who have noted that approving this request would allow Thomson to take precedence over previously funded prisons in Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia and New Hampshire.”
On Wednesday, in response to a whistleblowing report from Fox News homeland security reporter Catherine Herridge, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) released a General Accounting Office report exploring the feasibility of transferring the Gitmo gang to civilian prisons.
Lo and behold, Feinstein concluded, the report “demonstrates that if the political will exists, we could finally close Guantanamo without imperiling our national security.”