Monday, February 01, 2010

McDonnell: No Gitmo Detainees Or Trials In Virginia

Only in office a couple of weeks, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell showed what a statesman is like in the response to Obama's State of the Union lecture last Wednesday.

Now, he has come out and said "no" to the detention or trials for Islamic terrorists detained at Gitmo (WRIC-TV 8).
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is reiterating his opposition to the detention or trial of any Guantanamo Bay detainee taking place in the commonwealth.

Monday's comments came as McDonnell also noted that New York City officials have expressed their opposition to hosting the civilian trial of 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad.

Virginia has several locations, including Alexandria and Newport News, that have been suggested as possible civilian trial locations.

McDonnell said the 2006 trial of Zacarias Moussaoui at the federal courthouse in Alexandria caused significant disruptions and concern in that community.

He said he remains opposed to similar trials occurring anywhere in the state.
This is a direct contrast to the former part-time Governor, full-time partisan Democrat Tim Kaine, whose aide gave me a half-assed, non-response in a personal letter last Spring after the proposed release of Uighurs detained at Gitmo into the Northern Virginia area.

It's great to have an adult in charge of the Commonwealth who is showing real leadership, instead of just another liberal toeing the party line while looking to move up the party ladder.

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