Deborah Burlingame: Obama Said He Was Not Worried About Safety Of U.S. In Bringing Gitmo Detainees To American Soil
Debra Burlingame, who lost her brother Charles "Chic" Burlingame during the 9/11 attacks, spoke to media at the National Press Club today about her meeting with President Obama last week. Burlingame was joined by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and Move America Forward’s Melanie Morgan. Inhofe presented proposed legislation that would keep U.S. taxpayer funds from going towards transferring any detainee (like those in Guatanamo) anywhere in the United States or its territories for the purpose of housing and incarceration.
Burlingame relayed Obama seemed comfortable and not worried about security by having Guantanamo detainees in a federal lock up (emphasis mine):
He said he was not at all worried about the security of the American people in bringing the detainees here. Not in the least worried about that. His reasoning was this:
‘ Al Qaeda doesn’t have a conscience they’re not interested in going back and springing these guys. They’re forgotten once they are put away in our federal facilities. He said, furthermore there are so many soft targets in the United States, like a shopping mall, why would Al Qaeda go after a hard target like a federal lock up or military prison, when they could choose a soft target.’
Burlingame later added that Obama was “non-committal” about visiting Guantanamo Bay when she asked him.