May 24th, 2009
10:52 AM ET
12 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. 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 |
  2. The Broker.

    Like the Guy said. Send them to alcatraz, with a small detonator tied to their private-parts. They won't try to escape,

    May 24, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. gem

    Open back up the Ruston, Louisiana P.O.W. camp where they held thousand's of P.O.W.'s. I am sure the people there wouldn't mind at all because they didn't during WWII......

    May 24, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Leslie

    Whoever will vote for funding to close Guantanamo Bay, move those terrorists in their state!

    May 24, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Kentucky Muslim

    As others have said, I don't understand all the fuss. We have plenty of maximum-security prisons here in the U.S. Charles Manson has been successfully locked up for decades now, so why are we afraid of a few foreigners. I would also agree that not all of the Gitmo detainees are guilty. Some were basically sold into captivitiy, and others were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Many have already been released. We need to continue the trials.

    May 24, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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