Moran: Bring Terror Suspects to Alexandria

9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Remember the Guantanamo Bay issue? One of the first things President Obama did upon inauguration was to order the closing of “Gitmo” within one year.  But that was pushed to the back burner as Congress focused on ramming health care through as quickly and opaquely as possible, and one year and three months later it’s nowhere near ready to be closed.

But last May, in an editorial in the Washington Post, Jim Moran volunteered Alexandria, Virginia as the site for Gitmo detainees to be held and tried. Yep. Our backyard would become home to hundreds of dangerous terrorists if Moran has his way.

Moran even admitted: “Like those in any other congressional districts, we Virginians would rather not have terrorism suspects held and tried in our back yard. Should some of the detainees at Guantanamo be sent to the Alexandria courthouse, there is no question that people in the immediate vicinity — more than 10,000 residents and workers during business hours — would be affected. The strain on local law enforcement and other public safety officers would be significant. The media attention following such a decision would probably generate public outrage in some circles over safety concerns, regardless of the security measures implemented.

But Moran urged us to “do the right thing” and host hundreds of terrorists near our homes and schools, not to mention within a few miles of our nation’s capital, instead of somewhere remote and isolated.

And in November, when Attorney General Eric Holder proposed trying five 9/11 suspects, including mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in New York City, said it was “un-American” to oppose trying the murderers who planned September 11th within blocks of the site where 2,605 Americans perished.

Congressman, there’s nothing heroic or patriotic about trying to compromise our security and safety against our will. It’s time for you to go.


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