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State Senate committee kills Runner Gitmo measure

Posted: July 7, 2009 7:15 p.m.
Updated: July 8, 2009 5:06 p.m.
 
The Senate Public Safety Committee today killed a measure authored by Sen. George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) that urges the President of the United States and Congress to ensure that no prisoner detained at Guantanamo, Cuba is permitted to enter California.

"Once again, those who are supposed to be the gatekeepers of California's public safety have failed to make citizens a number one priority," Runner said. "This shameful politically-driven opposition is a slap in the face to the many Californians who have expressed a desire to keep terrorists out of our state."

Runner argued before the committee that SJR 11 is necessary because the imminent closure of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba raises the inescapable conclusion that the terrorists who remain in the facility will be transferred to alternative prisons or released here in California.

"The White House has not articulated a clear plan for the disposition of these terrorists but confirms that they will all be moved," Runner said.

"A lack of vigilance will result in the release of terrorists who may once again threaten the people of California, who were identified as potential targets for the September 11, 2001 attacks upon the United States."

The Guantanamo Bay detention facility includes extraordinarily dangerous terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (mastermind of the September 11th attacks on the United States who has bragged about decapitating American journalist Daniel Pearl and openly expresses his desire to kill more Americans) and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri (who orchestrated the 2000 attack that killed 17 U.S. sailors aboard the U.S.S. Cole).

SJR 11 is opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union, and was voted down by the Senate Public Safety Committee on a 5-2 party-line vote.

 

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