Gingrey bill blocks relocation of GITMO Detainees to Georgia
In response to the executive order recently issued by President Barack Obama, to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay within one year, Congressman Phil Gingrey, MD (R-GA) has introduced the NO GITMO in Georgia Act. This bill will ensure that current detainees held at Gunatanamo are not relocated to the State of Georgia.
“The detention center at Guantanamo houses some of the world’s most hardened terrorists who want nothing more than to destroy America,” said Gingrey. “And yet, the Obama Administration has committed to close the facility without answering questions critical to our national security and public safety. Where will current detainees and convicted terrorists be relocated? How will we ensure that they are not allowed to return to the battlefield to fight us again? Will they be afforded the same legal rights as American citizens?”
“I am certainly not comfortable with terrorist detainees being housed in the State of Georgia,” continued Gingrey. “Therefore, I have introduced the NO GITMO in Georgia Act to make sure that never happens. No matter what the fate of this critical national security facility may be, this bill would prevent either the transfer to or housing of Guantanamo Bay detainees in any military facility or Federal detention center within the State of Georgia.”
Congressman Gingrey is joined in this effort by the entire Georgia Republican House Delegation – Reps. Paul Broun (R-GA), Nathan Deal (R-GA), Jack Kingston (R-GA), John Linder (R-GA), Tom Price (R-GA) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA).
Gingrey’s legislation has sparked other state delegations to introduce similar legislation to prevent terrorist detainees from being relocated to their states.