WARNS THAT VICTORY COULD BE TEMPORARY;
CALLS ON COMMUNITIES TO SPEAK OUT
Move America Forward (MAF), the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization, applauded the decision of Democratic leaders to strip funding from an appropriations bill that would have provided the $81 million that Obama requested to begin closure of Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
MAF has been on the forefront of this issue since sending a delegation to the base last December. In addition to widespread grassroots organization and communication with key lawmakers, they produced a television ad on the topic and conducted a broad media campaign.
(See television ad at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lhls4KJSAc)
“We are glad members of the Appropriations committee heard our concerns and took action, but we caution them against appropriating the money through some other mechanism. Te American people do not want terrorists living wher they can return to jihad—certainly not in our backyards” said Catherine Moy, Executive Director of Move America Forward.
The group has called on its members to take this latest news as a victory, but know the Obama Administration is still determined to fulfill a foolish campaign promise despite the evidence that it is the wrong decision. A MAF delegation toured the facilities in December, and they returned having found no evidence of torture or mistreatment, even saying that guards ‘bent over backwards’ to make the detainees comfortable.
The group presented its TV ad at a well-attended press conference with members of congress, Gold Star families, and 9/11 families all voicing their opposition to the administration’s plan to close down Gitmo, especially without an alternative plan for what to do with the dangerous detainees there.
Today, they proceed with cautious optimism. “We can pat ourselves on the back today, but liberals like Harry Reid are still committed to closing down Gitmo, even if it means bringing terrorists to America,” said Moy, in an email to supporters, “we must keep up the fight and organize in our local communities against bringing the terrorists here, and we must support Guantanamo Bay because it’s the best place available to house these dangerous murdering terrorists who threaten our safety.”