The resolution would have asked Congress to allow Guantanamo prisoners who have been cleared of wrongdoing to resettle in the U.S. - and invited "one or two" of them to live in Berkeley.Then, stupidity took over.
The measure lost in a 4-1 vote, with four abstentions, late Tuesday.
At least two other U.S. cities - Amherst and Leverett in Massachusetts - have approved similar resolutions aimed at clearing the way for Guantanamo detainees to come the U.S. after their release from the American detention facility in Cuba.
...City Manager Phil Kamlarz recommended that the council take no action, saying "federal law explicitly prohibits the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the United States."
Councilman Gordon Wozniak, who voted against the resolution, said the resolution is an empty gesture that takes attention away from more pressing issues facing the city.
"I think it distracts the council from the local business that we actually have control over," Wozniak said.
Danny Gonzales, of the group Move America Forward, told the council he opposed bringing Guantanamo detainees to Berkeley.
"Just because they haven't been charged and convicted of a crime doesn't mean they're innocent," he said. "It's dangerous. Don't bring them here."
The resolution singled out two Guantanamo detainees who have been cleared of wrongdoing, but don't want to return to their home countries because they fear persecution - Ravil Mingazov, a Russian ballet dancer, and Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian chef.
Separately, the city council approved a resolution that calls for the "immediate end to the cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment" of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking classified government documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.Fixing the supposedly "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" of Manning is easy. Just get a rope.
The measure asked the U.S. government to improve the pretrial confinement conditions of Manning, who is being held in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia.
UPDATE: Over at FreeRepublic, I found a link to the following Examiner article where Holly Harwood, an organizer for Code Pinko in California, has offered the terrorists her spare bedroom.
Harwood, who appeared on Hannity, represents a point of view that is shared by many liberals in the US, and it also demonstrates the anti-Americanism and danger inherent in the mindset of these…people. What’s significant about Harwood’s stance is not just the innate fanaticism in her wacko and stubborn belief that freed Gitmo terrorists are just misunderstood-but-really-alright guys. It’s also significant because liberals like Harwood are basically aiding and abetting the terrorist enemy, no matter if they have been theoretically “cleared” of all wrongdoing when they are freed from Gitmo. In any case, just because these terrorists are freed from Gitmo—as some have been both under Bush and Obama—does not make them a bunch of harmless pussycats who you want in your spare bedroom (or dating any of your cousins, for that matter!).
Here's the Hannity piece from last night
Code Pinko hates the Marines in Berekeley, CA, but loves the terrorists--says alot.