May 24th, 2009
10:52 AM ET
4 years ago

Boxer 'worried' about transferring Gitmo detainees

(CNN) - California Sen. Barbara Boxer told CNN Sunday she and her Senate colleagues are "worried" about the possibility of transferring current Guantanamo Bay detainees into the United States, adding she is awaiting a more comprehensive plan on the matter from President Obama.

"We only have one max security prison in California and it's, right now, overbooked, that's the case," Boxer told CNN's John King on State of The Union. "In all, we are worried and we want to to see what the plan is."

Boxer's comments come days after Senate Democrats voted to withhold funding to close the Guantanamo Bay facility until the president lays out a more detailed plan on where the current 240 detainees will go.

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, also appearing on State of The Union, cautioned the president against relocating the most "incorrigible" detainees in the United States.

"Nobody wants them. We got all kinds of places in the world we can house these people," Shelby said. "If we have to move them from Cuba, from Gitmo, we have other territory that can bring them in, but don't bring them to the United States of America.

In a high profile speech Thursday, Obama pledged no detainees would be brought to the United States "if it would endanger our national security."

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. J.L.L. Indiana

    Barbara is getting old and paranoid. It's time quit and went back to a nice comfortable home in CA. Enough of these not in my back yard cowards.

    May 24, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Scott Stodden

    I understand when the President says no detainees would be brought to the United States if it would endanger our country and our national security but the truth is I dont believe he can promise us that. Iam a very liberal Democrat and I do not support the closing of Guantanamo Bay prison, I beleive it would put us in more danger to bring these detainees to the United States. I support the Senate and Barbara Boxer when they say they want a more detailed plan because President Obama does not have a clear and detailed plan to transfer these prisoners and to close the prison. I would want and encourage the President to not close Guantanamo Bay, I would encourage him to leave it open and make sure no torture exists anymore at the prison, I truly pray the President thinks about this before acting. Iam a lifelong, diehard Democrat and I do not support the closing of Gitmo, Would Hillary Close Guantanamo? Not without a direct and concrete plan, I guarantee it

    May 24, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Joe Smoe

    Why so worried about transferring detainees into States, the president said only certain ones could be transferred here.
    Have you looked out into our country lately and see all the murder, robbery assault going on here, I would call this home grown terrosism. Terrosim will never be stopped in this world whether it comes from al queda, the taliban, hamas or right here in our own back yards by our own people.
    Do you not think, raping, brutaly assaulting a child daily, strangling someone till their dead, taking a child putting duck tape on its mouth and then having the forethought to put a heart shaped sticker on it, I could go on and on, to me this is also terroism, do you not think these people were not in terror? Think again. Terror will always be around here ,there and everywhere, it has always existed and will always exist!!!

    May 24, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. skyhawkdriver

    Why is it that the talking heads shows can't interview anyone but hacks??.boxer is nothing more than another left coast botox juiced whining liberal..her home state economy is in the toilet..unemployment is thru the roof..crime is on the rise and she is worried about the gitmo prisoners??..the dimwitocrats will do or say anything to get face time on sunday morning shows..no matter how stupid and irrelevant they sound..throw the bums out..can you say TERM LIMITS??

    May 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Dude in Colorado

    I fail to see what all the fuss and feathers is about in regards to this issue. These detainees, if brought to the continental United States, "incorrigible" or not, will be under guard, lock and key and most likely chained much of the time as well. They won't be hanging out in our local shopping mall – they'll be in some maximum security prison. These are only men, human beings, not monsters or super-men w/preternatural powers to slip through cracks to endanger and infect our way of life.

    Besides, in WW II didn't we bring Nazi POWs to the US?

    Whats the problem here? Are we allowing these people to scare us that badly? If so, we've go bigger problems than Gitmo and tjhe financial crisis to handle.

    May 24, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. sonny c.

    If there's anything America excells at, it's putting people in prison & keeping them there.

    May 24, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. DaBird

    The New York terrorists arrested this week became Muslim in prison and had bombs to blow up churches and a missle to blow up a plane. Putting GITMO prisoners into the US is crazy. Only a Bush hater could think this was rational.

    May 24, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. San Diego

    Boxer cares about who crosses our borders and who's here. Yeah right. Get out of the spotlight hag. You, Feinstein, and Pelosi are as bad if not worse than Bush and his crew. Go away, you've caused enough damage.

    May 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. JHEARD, SURPRISE, AZ

    We all should show interest as to what will happen with the GITMO detainees. Showing interest is one thing, but to continually want to control every action of President Obama before he can make any decision is amazing. Presidet Obama is constantly being seconded guessed. The "Media" takes different venues that face this President and make constant talking points from unqualifed people who have no idea what a president has on their agenda. I wonder where were CNN, MSNBC, FOX, Hannity, Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs and others posing question after question to Former VP Cheney and President Bush. Cheney hid for 8 years from the press, and Bush was either at Camp David or Crawford Ranch.

    May 24, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Tracy M.

    It seems unlikely that any terrorist will escape a federal prison, get his/her hands on explosives and commit a terrorist act within the U.S. More likely he/she will run for home. There's only one way to beat a terrorist: Stop being afraid.

    May 24, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. DA

    Here is a question that I purpose to those folks that are on this board talking about a prisoner has not rights to have their case heard. What if it was you that was caught and brought over to a place and were being held in their for no reason. See we are going on the premise that these folks were basically fighting our troops. However many were caught by mistake!! So, how will we ever know the truth unless they are givevern due process of our law!!!

    May 24, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. asd

    Dabird: This prisoners well be held in a high security prison, which means that they will be locked up 23 hours a day and when they are allowed to go out they will be in a box alone. They won´t have the possibility to talk to other prisoners.

    I can not believe that the US is so afraid. In netherlands they held ppl that have committed Genocide.

    May 24, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Al Mellen

    When the Republicans were running the country,,,,,,Martha Stewart got locked up. If the prison system could handle Martha,,,,,i have faith that the same system can handle anyone.

    May 24, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. dwardfarkwit

    Perhaps the President and his staff should spend a night at Gitmo and try out the accomodations...without the teleprompters.

    May 24, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Mike TX

    What a mess the Democrats have made of Gitmo. All high and mighty on terrorists' rights until it's proposed they wind up in their backyard. As much as I hate to say it, I agree with them – I wouldn't want the trash at Gitmo in the U.S. either. This circlejerk is what happens when you preach the moral high ground and put zero thought into what's actually going to happen on the ground!

    May 24, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Lynn

    So, it is okay to make other people around the world unsafe as the Cheney/Bush administration did with their unwarrented invasion of Iraq?

    May 24, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Purple Spider

    Boxer and her "gang" from CA is a joke! Where does she assume a position of what should or should not be done regarding Guantanamo Bay? Poor choice of subject matter for Boxer, as she is not qualified. Boxer, you need to retire to homelife.

    May 24, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Lynn

    Mike in Tx: It was the previous administration who created the mess at Gitmo and except for protorture Cheney, they wanted to shut it down but had no idea how to do it.

    May 24, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Amanda

    There is a brand new maximum security prison in Hardin Montano which has been empty for years. Why can't it be used for Gitmo prisoners. this whole charade about what to do with criminals (which is what these terrorists are) is sickening,.

    May 24, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    .....and after some activist left-wing judge let's these guys out on the street, the DNC will be right there to register them to vote. Boxer should be pleased.

    May 24, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. alvino

    Dude. . .-

    You are absolutely correct. During World War II, German prisoners of war were held at Page Field , here in Ft. Myers, FL.

    For the record, Obama has to continue to clean up after Bush, and the Democrats in congress bought into the fear tactics of the GOP, just like in 2004. GITMO needs to be closed, so we can end an embarrassing chapter in our history.

    May 24, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. nate

    It sounds cool for people to have prisoners in your backyard!

    May 24, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Bridget

    Google Hardin Montana, Senator Boxer.

    May 24, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Proud DHS radical

    Lets put them in the Cook County jail.

    May 24, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. gem

    Are our memories so short that we have forgotten about the 400,000 WWII Nazi, Italian and Japanese P.O.W.'s held here during the war. Agreed that some of the combatant's held in Gitmo are dangerous but are they more dangerous than the Nazi's who carried out far more heinous acts?

    May 24, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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