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Holder slams ban on Guantanamo detainee transfers
Says U.S. loses tool on terror
On moving Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. to stand trial, Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said when the plan was announced last year, “Now that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the worst of the worst, and his fellow terrorists are set to be moved to New York, what is the president’s plan to keep Lower Manhattan and all our communities safe?
“Unfortunately, Congress and the American people were never allowed a role in this debate,” Mr. King said. “This is an upsetting pattern for an administration that promised an unprecedented level of transparency.”
Mr. Mukasey had called the move a return to a “Sept. 10, 2001, criminal justice model,” saying it was a “decision I consider to be not only unwise, but in fact based on a refusal to face the fact that what we are involved with here is a war with people who follow a religiously based ideology that calls on them to kill us.”
Faced with growing opposition, the Obama administration decided to review its trial plans for detainees.
The spending bill is already two months overdue as Democrats struggle to find ways to balance their policy preferences with the deteriorating fiscal condition of the government. It now heads to the Senate, which is working on its own version of legislation to keep the government funded for the rest of fiscal 2011.
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