- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A San Diego congressman on Tuesday described as “unacceptable” reported plans by the incoming Obama administration to transfer terrorist suspects from Guantanamo Prison to U.S. military bases in the United States, including one in his home district.

Newly elected Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, San Diego Republican and son of retired Rep. Duncan Hunter, cited recent leaks in the media claiming that the next administration is considering U.S. military bases to hold foreign terrorists suspects once the detention facility in Cuba is closed.

Mr. Hunter, who like his father is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, sent a letter this evening to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates noting that plans to put terrorists in his community, which includes Marine Corp. Base Camp Pendelton, will not be met without a fight.

“As representatives of the San Diego community, we believe this decision could seriously endanger the mission at USMC Camp Pendleton and urge that it be taken off the list for consideration,” Mr. Hunter wrote.

Transition officials were not immediately available for comment. But the Associated Press, quoting two unnamed Obama transition team officials, reported the prisoner transfer plans Tuesday.

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