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Coloradans Say "No" To Gitmo At Home

- November 23, 2015

As Clinton Campaigns In The State, Colorado Residents Are Speaking Up Against The Clinton-Obama Plan To Move Gitmo Terrorists To Their Backyards


  • Today, Clinton is fundraising in Denver, CO, just hours away from the Obama administration's potential sites to house Gitmo terrorists.
  • Colorado residents and democrat officials are opposed to housing the most dangerous detainees in their state, a plan that Obama's own attorney general has said is not permitted under U.S. law 
  • As secretary of state, Clinton pushed the White House to work harder on closing the facility and bypass lawmakers.

Today, Clinton Will Attend Events In Denver And Boulder, Colorado. "Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Denver and Boulder next week to help organize 2016 caucusgoers. The former secretary of state's campaign announced Thursday night that she would be at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and at Manual High School, 1700 E. 28th Ave., at 1:15 p.m the same day." ("Hillary Clinton To Be In Colorado On Tuesday," The Denver Post, 11/19/15)

Defense Officials Have Surveyed Sites In Colorado, Including Facilities In Florence And Canon City, As Potential Locations To House Gitmo Detainees. "Closing the detention center has been a top priority for Obama, and a Defense Department team has surveyed seven sites in Colorado, South Carolina and Kansas that could be the next address for some of the 107 detainees currently housed at Guantanamo Bay. … A White House report is expected soon assessing the feasibility of using the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and Midwest Joint Regional Corrections Facility at Leavenworth, Kansas; the Consolidated Naval Brig, in Hanahan, South Carolina; the Federal Correctional Complex, which includes the medium, maximum and supermax facilities in Florence, Colorado; and the Colorado State Penitentiary II in Canon City, Colorado, also known as the Centennial Correctional Facility." (Meg Kinnard, "3 Top Prosecutors: Don't Send Us Guantanamo Detainees," The Associated Press, 11/18/15)

  • "These Detainees Are Considered Too Dangerous To Release At All. They're Known As 'Unreleasables.'" "Labeled as 'enemy combatants,' they've been held for more than a decade without trial in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at a camp President Obama has promised to close. Unlike the 52 other captives at Guantanamo whose release can occur as soon as a country is found to take them, these detainees are considered too dangerous to release at all. They're known as 'unreleasables.'" (David Welna, "Kansas, South Carolina Take NIMBY Stance On Guantanamo Prisoners," NPR, 8/26/15)

COLORADANS STRONGLY OPPOSE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL TO HOUSE THE MOST DANGEROUS GUANTANAMO DETAINEES IN THE U.S.

Colorado Residents "Draw The Line" With Gitmo Prisoners Coming To Their Community Out Of Fear That It Would Make The Area A Target For Terrorists. "Prisons have long been a way of life in this southern Colorado community, where schoolchildren practice inmate-escape drills and almost everyone counts a relative who works in corrections. People are accustomed to some of the nation's most dangerous criminals living nearby in the 13 state and federal prisons emerging from Fremont County's rolling desert peaks. But the possibility of housing suspected and convicted terrorists from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is where some residents draw the line. …Though prisoners living just miles away from Canon City include a Sept. 11 conspirator and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, residents worry about international attention possibly making the area a target for terrorists and their sympathizers." (Sadie Gurman, "Possible Guantanamo Transfer Raises Worries, Hopes In Colorado Town Used To Dangerous Inmates," The Associated Press, 10/15/15)

"The Apprehension In This Prison Town Reflects A Broader Opposition That Has Stymied Mr. Obama's Promise To Close Guantánamo." "The apprehension in this prison town reflects a broader opposition that has stymied Mr. Obama's promise to close Guantánamo. While some people here say the prisoners would be safely locked away, like the thousands of others who are already here, other residents worry their community could become a target. And some have legal objections to imprisoning dozens of detainees who have not been convicted criminally." (Jack Healy, "Prison Town In Colorado Doesn't Want Guantánamo Detainees," The New York Times, 11/16/15)

  • The New York Times Headline: "Prison Town In Colorado Doesn't Want Guantánamo Detainees" (Jack Healy, "Prison Town In Colorado Doesn't Want Guantánamo Detainees," The New York Times, 11/16/15)

A Bipartisan Group Of Colorado Sheriffs Are Opposed To The Obama Administration's Plan To House Gitmo Prisoners In Their State

A Group Of 41 Colorado Sheriffs Have Signed On To A Letter Asking President Barack Obama Not To Send Inmates Housed At Guantanamo Bay To Fremont County Prisons." (Jesse Paul, "41 Colorado Sheriffs Write Obama To Block Housing Guantanamo Inmates," The Denver Post, 11/10/15)

Seven Democratic Sheriffs Signed The Letter, Fred Hosselkus, James Casias, Jerry Martin, Jim Crone, Kirk Taylor, Robert Jackson And Rod Fenske. (GOP Data Center, Accessed 11/11/15)

OBAMA'S ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS THE ADMINISTRATION'S PLAN TO MOVE GITMO DETAINEES TO THE U.S. IS NOT PERMITTED UNDER THE LAW

According To Attorney General Loretta Lynch, "The Obama Administration Is Legally Prohibited From Bringing Detainees From The Detention Facility At Guantanamo." "The Obama administration is legally prohibited from bringing detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the U.S., Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged on Tuesday, even as the White House searches for ways to close the facility. 'With respect to individuals being transferred to the United States, the law currently does not allow that,' Lynch told the House Judiciary Committee. 'That is not, as I am aware of, going to be contemplated, given the legal prescriptions.'" (Julian Hattem, "Attorney General: Law 'Does Not Allow' Gitmo Detainees In The US," The Hill, 11/17/15)

  • Lynch: "With Respect To Individuals Being Transferred To The United States, The Law Currently Does Not Allow That." The Obama administration is legally prohibited from bringing detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the U.S., Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged on Tuesday, even as the White House searches for ways to close the facility. 'With respect to individuals being transferred to the United States, the law currently does not allow that,' Lynch told the House Judiciary Committee. 'That is not, as I am aware of, going to be contemplated, given the legal prescriptions.'" (Julian Hattem, "Attorney General: Law 'Does Not Allow' Gitmo Detainees In The US," The Hill, 11/17/15)

Previous Attempts To Relocate Gitmo Prisoners Into The United States Have Been Met With Strong Bipartisan Opposition

In 2010, Bipartisan Opposition On Capitol Hill Thwarted Efforts By The Obama Administration To Purchase An Illinois Prison To House Gitmo Detainees. "Rebuffed this month by skeptical lawmakers when it sought finances to buy a prison in rural Illinois, the Obama administration is struggling to come up with the money to replace the Guantánamo Bay prison… This year, Congress restricted the ability of the executive branch to transfer detainees into domestic prisons, a ban reiterated in the 2010 military appropriations bill." (Charlie Savage, "Plan To Move Guantánamo Detainees Faces New Delay," The New York Times, 12/22/10)

  • In 2010, 187 Democrats Voted For The FY 2011National Defense Authorization Act, Which Prohibited The Obama Administration From Using Funds To Transfer Guantanamo Prisoners To The U.S. "Sec. 1032. Prohibition on the use of funds for the transfer or release of individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba." (H.R.6523, Roll Call Vote #650: Passed 341-48: R 154-6; D 187-42; 12/17/10)

In 2009, 88 Democrats Voted In Favor Of Restricting "The Entry Of Terror Detainees To The United States." "Rep. Harold Rogers (Ky.), the GOP appropriator who called for Thursday's House vote on Gitmo, said the restrictions are needed to prevent the entry of terror detainees to the United States. The Obama administration has pledged to close the prison, but it hasn't told lawmakers what it would do with the detainees. Rogers and Republicans have used the uncertainty to suggest that the detainees could end up endangering Americans in their own communities….House Democratic leadership opposed Rogers's motion, but 88 Democrats ended up voting for it along with all but seven GOP members. The motion was approved, 258-163." (Walter Alarkon, "Congress Uses Spending Bills To Halt Closing Of Guantanamo Bay Prison," The Hill, 10/4/09)

In 2009, 221 Democrats Voted To Put Restrictions On Obama's Ability To Transfer Prisoners Out Of Guantanamo Bay. "(Sec. 14103) Prohibits any funds from being used to release an individual who is detained, as of the date of enactment of this Act, at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, or the District of Columbia. Prohibits any such release for the purpose of detaining or prosecuting any such individual until 45 days after Congress receives from the President a plan regarding the proposed disposition. Requires the plan to include: (1) the risk to national security posed by the transfer; (2) costs associated with transferring an individual; (3) the legal rationale and associated court demands for transfer; (4) a plan to mitigate transfer risk; and (5) a copy of a notification to the governor of the state to which an individual will be transferred (or Mayor, with respect to the District of Columbia) with a certification by the Attorney General that the individual poses little or no security risk. Prohibits any funds from being used to transfer or release such an individual to the country of such individual's nationality or last residence, or to any country other than the United States, unless the President submits to Congress, at least 15 days prior to such release or transfer: (1) the name of the individual and the country involved; (2) an assessment of the risk to U.S. national security posed by the transfer or release, as well as actions taken to mitigate such risk; and (3) the terms of any agreement with another country for the acceptance of such individual, including any financial assistance related to the agreement. Directs the President, prior to termination of detention operations at Guantanamo Bay, to report to Congress describing the disposition or legal status of each individual detained there." ( H.R.2346, Roll Call Vote #348: Passed 226-202: R 5-170; D 221-32; 6/16/09)

Then-FBI Director Robert Mueller Said That Relocating Guantanamo Prisoners To The United States "Could Pose A Number Of Risks." "FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress on Wednesday that bringing Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States could pose a number of risks, even if they were kept in maximum-security prisons. . . . 'The concerns we have about individuals who may support terrorism being in the United States run from concerns about providing financing, radicalizing others,' Mueller said, as well as 'the potential for individuals undertaking attacks in the United States.' … All of those are relevant concerns, Mueller said." ("FBI Chief Worried About Gitmo Detainees In U.S.," The Associated Press, 5/20/09)

AS SECRETARY, CLINTON URGED THE WHITE HOUSE TO WORK HARDER ON CLOSING GUANTANAMO AND EVEN PROPOSED BYPASSING LAWMAKERS

In An August 2010 White House Meeting, Clinton Chastised White House Aides, Saying "We Are Throwing The President's Commitment To Close Guantánamo Into The Trash Bin. … We Are Doing Him A Disservice By Not Working Harder On This." "One of those occasions was at a White House meeting of Obama's national-security principals in August 2010. 'We are throwing the president's commitment to close Guantánamo into the trash bin,' she chastised White House aides, according to three participants in the meeting. 'We are doing him a disservice by not working harder on this.'" (Daniel Klaidman, "How Gitmo Imprisoned Obama," Newsweek, 5/15/13)

Right Before Clinton Stepped Down As Secretary Of State, She Gave Obama A Two-Page Memo With "Practical Suggestions For Moving Ahead On Gitmo." "One recent plea, two sources told Newsweek, came from Hillary Clinton, who, just before she left office in January 2013, sent a two-page confidential memo to Obama about Guantánamo. Clinton had, during her years in the administration, occasionally jumped into the fray to push her colleagues to do more on the issue… But at the end of the day, Clinton had little leverage to get the White House to act. Now, in one of her last moves as secretary of State, she was making a final effort to prod her boss to do more. Her memo was replete with practical suggestions for moving ahead on Gitmo." (Daniel Klaidman, "How Gitmo Imprisoned Obama," Newsweek, 5/15/13)

  • "[Clinton] Was Making A Final Effort To Prod Her Boss To Do More." "But at the end of the day, Clinton had little leverage to get the White House to act. Now, in one of her last moves as secretary of State, she was making a final effort to prod her boss to do more." (Daniel Klaidman, "How Gitmo Imprisoned Obama," Newsweek, 5/15/13)

In The Memo, Clinton Urged Obama To Appoint A High-Level Official To Be In Charge Of Closing Guantanamo And To Use "National-Security Waivers" So He Could Bypass Congress. "Her memo was replete with practical suggestions for moving ahead on Gitmo. Chief among them: Obama needed to appoint a high-level official to be in charge of the effort, someone who had clout and proximity to the Oval Office. Further, Clinton argued that Obama could start transferring the 86 detainees who'd already been cleared for release. (Congress has imposed onerous restrictions on the administration's ability to transfer Gitmo detainees-including a stipulation that the secretary of Defense certify that detainees sent to other countries would not engage in acts of terrorism. In her memo, Clinton pointed out that the administration could use 'national-security waivers' to circumvent the restriction.)" (Daniel Klaidman, "How Gitmo Imprisoned Obama," Newsweek, 5/15/13)


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