[Guest post by DRJ]
Democratic Rep. John Murtha represents part of Western Pennsylvania and on 9/11, Murtha’s district included Shanksville, Pa. where one of the four hijacked planes crashed. In 2008, Murtha won re-election despite labeling some of his constituents racist rednecks.
Now he says he’s willing to move the GTMO detainees to Pennsylvania:
“As 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 he says he’d have no reservations about holding detainees there in a maximum security prison.
“Sure, I’d take ’em,” said Murtha, an outspoken critic of the Iraq war. “They’re no more dangerous in my district than in Guantanamo.”
Murtha added that 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.”
But that idea disturbs House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. “Most communities around America don’t want dangerous terrorists imported into their neighborhoods,” Boehner said in a statement.”
Even Democratic House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton is conflicted on where to put the GTMO detainees, saying they’re “very unsavory.”
Obviously this doesn’t bother Murtha but I guess he won’t be living in Pennsylvania. He’ll be in Washington.