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Congressman Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District said he’d be happy to have Guantanamo Bay terrorist prisoners in his district. He apparently gets to speak for all the people in his district on this. I’m sure they are thrilled.
Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., says he’d be willing to house prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in his Congressional district if President Obama makes good on a plan to close the U.S. prison there.
Mr. Obama pledged to shutter the camp during his presidential campaign. In one of his first acts in office, the president circulated a draft Wednesday that would shut down Guantanamo Bay within a year.
Murtha only has a minimum security prison in his district. But says he’d have no reservations about holding detainees there in a maximum security prison.
“Sure, I’d take ’em,” said Murtha. They’re no more dangerous in my district than in Guantanamo.”
Murtha added that he there was “no reason not to put ’em in prisons in the United States and handle them the way they would handle any other prisoners.”
Murtha represents the area of Pennsylvania where United 93 crashed on 9/11. I’m sure the people of his district are ready to greet Khalid Sheikh Mohammed with open arms and casseroles.