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Feinstein OK With Gitmo Prisoners Coming Here



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    Guantanmo detainees sit together inside a common area -- where apparently they are allowed access to all sorts of reading material, including most popular with prisoners, the Harry Potter books.

    With the clock ticking on the January 2010 deadline to shut down Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, no solution has been found on where to place the 220 detainees still being held there. 

    One suggestion early on was to move the detainees to Camp Pendleton.

    U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, the Republican and Marine reservist who represents California's 52nd District, introduced legislation to prohibit detainees from being moved to bases in San Diego County. In his opinion, the two local bases are primarily used to train troops for combat, not house political prisoners.

    “They should go overseas somewhere,” said Hunter. “Let the UN take them. They should not be on American soil.”

    However, the tune was different on Fox News Sunday this weekend when the question of bringing Gitmo to California was posed to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

    The Los Angeles Times reported the one syllable answer to a seriously loaded question Sunday afternoon: The senator "was asked if she'd be OK with those hardened terrorists being moved from the isolated maximum security detention facility in Cuba to a maximum security place in her state, the nation's most populous, and she said, 'Yes.'"

    Talk with Senator Feinstein's Communications Director Gil Duran and he’ll tell you the senator was simply answering a hypothetical question.

    "I'm not aware of any prisons being considered in California," he said. 

    The U.S. military prison was created by former President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as a landing spot for suspected al-Qaida, Taliban and foreign fighters captured in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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