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King Statement On Homeland Democrats Restricting Republican Demands For Answers On GTMO


Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on Committee on Homeland Security Democrats severely limiting the scope of documents the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano must produce on her agency's role in moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to American soil:

"The Democrats' request is clearly inadequate. It does not provide the Committee with the information we need regarding the President's decision to import terrorists to the United States. The Republican resolution would have required the Secretary to hand over all copies or portions of any documents regarding DHS planning, information sharing and coordination with any state or locality that could receive Guantanamo Bay detainees. The request would have included all communication between the Department of Homeland Security and New York City, which has already been forced to take one GTMO detainee and, thanks to the Obama Administration, will also have Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other 9/11 co-conspirators in downtown Manhattan.

"However, the language that passed today only directs Secretary Napolitano to provide the notifications DHS gave to the governor of a state and any official correspondence between the governor of a state and the Secretary.

"And yet it is my understanding that no notification was given to Mayor Bloomberg until an hour before the announcement that Khalid Sheik Mohammed was going to be brought to New York for trial, and that notification was given by Attorney General Eric Holder, not Secretary Napolitano.

"If we are to have oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, and since the Secretary of Homeland Security is on the Presidential Task Force on Guantanamo Bay, we should know exactly what the role of the Department of Homeland Security is and what the Secretary's role is. The legislation approved today would severely limit the documents that are provided. We need all the information we can get from the Administration and this resolution does not go far enough."

King and the other Committee Republicans introduced the Resolution of Inquiry on November 19.

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