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DEMINT, BARRETT, BROWN AND WILSON URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO REMOVE SOUTH CAROLINA FROM CONSIDERATION AS NEW HOME FOR GITMO TERRORISTS

November 4, 2009
For Immediate Release
November 4, 2009
Contact: Emily Tyner Press Secretary 202-225-5301

WASHINGTON, DC—Yesterday, Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (SC-03) sent a letter to President Obama urging him to develop a detention process that would keep Guantanamo Baydetainees from entering the United States under any circumstances. Senator Jim DeMint, Congressman Henry E. Brown (SC-01) and Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) joined Congressman Barrett in signing the letter to President Obama. The full text of the letter is included below.

Dear Mr. President:

We, the undersigned, strongly oppose the transfer of any detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cubato United States soil to include any state or federal facility in the State of South Carolina, including the Naval Consolidated Brig in North Charleston.

The terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay present a serious threat to the safety and security of the American people.  Transferring any of these detainees to the United States will make our nation’s citizens a greater target for terrorism.  Any such move is irresponsible, ill-advised, and we will oppose it vigorously.

Therefore, we respectfully urge you to develop a detention process that keeps these known terrorists off of United States soil and out of South Carolina.  Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Sincerely,

Jim DeMint

Member of Congress

J. Gresham Barrett

Member of Congress

Henry E. Brown

Member of Congress

Joe Wilson

Member of Congress

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