Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., says he'd be willing to house prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in his congressional district if President Obama makes good on a plan to close the U.S. prison there.Except, of course, for the fact that now makes his district a target for terrorists. Outside of that, what could go wrong?
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."How about keeping them where they are?
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.
"The key question is where do you put these terrorists?" Boehner asked.
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