Will Obama Release Terrorists into the United States?
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
House Republicans on Thursday introduced a bill that would block the transfer or release into the United States of any Gitmo detainees. Earlier that morning, GOP stalwarts held a press conference to present their proposal on how to best deal with the closing of the terrorist/enemy combatants detention center built at the US Marine base on Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay.
The GOP bill stipulates that governors and state legislatures must give their approval to transfer or release any terrorist detainee into their states’ communities before the transfer.
Also detainees sent to states where these is prison space, there must be a uniform criteria to such transfers.
The bill also states that President Obama must clearly state the impact of transferring the detainee to US
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, (R-MI),top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, joined other House committee ranking members in introducing a bill that would prevent sending terrorists currently held at Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
“Releasing hardcore radical jihadists into Michigan or anywhere else in the United States should horrify law-abiding citizens,” Hoekstra said. “It would immediately and unnecessarily endanger American lives by sending trained terrorists into the very country that they vow to destroy.”
One of President Barack Obamaâ€™s first acts upon his swearing in as President was to sign an executive order to close Guantanamo Bay without a plan for where to send the terrorists.
The bill introduced creates a specific role for state governors prior to transferring detainees into their states and requires the transparency in the process should the president move forward on such a plan.
“It is easy to become complacent eight years after the attacks of 9/11, but the extent to which radical jihadists are committed to mass murder cannot be forgotten,” Hoekstra said. “The U.S. is at war against an enemy that believes in an ideology of eliminating our way of life. America needs to hold terrorists in a safe location as opposed to bringing them into the United States.”
This bill has a straightforward but vital purpose: To ensure that the terrorists held in the Guantanamo Bay prison are not imported into the United States,” said House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner, during Thursday’s press conference.
He’s also an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1186, which seeks to prohibit Gitmo prisoners from being transferred to federal prisons or military bases in Virginia. There are two Virginia facilities on the list of potential sites for detainee relocation – Naval Base Norfolk and around Quantico.
Republicans have slammed President Obama for closing Gitmo without a clear plan on where the inmates would go. Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder is still unclear on what plans he has in place to secure the terrorists and killers who were Gitmo prisoners.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the former blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Recently, the editors at Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.
He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for NewswithViews.com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDailyReview.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 300 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. If you wish to receive Kouri’s emailed law enforcement and intelligence reports, write to him at COPmagazine@aol.com. Simply write “Free Subscription” on the subject line.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.