Advocating on Behalf of the American Military and Defense on the War on Terror

Berkeley, Calif. - The nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization, Move America Forward, opposes the Berkeley City Council’s latest consideration: bringing former Guantanamo Detainees to live and work in Berkeley. The pro-troop group said that if the City was so eager to meet and live with GITMO detainees, they would be better off doing so in GITMO and has offered to pay for their moving expenses.

“If the Berkeley City Council wants to hang out with GITMO detainees, why do they have to do it at taxpayer expense and the public safety risk to the community?” asked Shawn Callahan, Executive Director of Move America Forward. “We can do them one better, if the Council wants to go live in GITMO where they can hang out with hundreds of terrorists, let them do that instead, we’ll even pay for their flights.”

“It would be absolutely irresponsible for the Berkeley City Council to approve the Peace and Justice Commission’s recommendation.” said Danny Gonzalez, Communications Director of the MAF. “The people of the City of Berkeley should not be saddled with the burden of having to pay for the housing, feeding and training of two former terrorists. If you bring them here, you also have a responsibility to maintain safety. That means keeping Berkeley safe from the former detainee, and keeping the detainee safe from others who may want to hurt him. The average citizen of Berkeley just wants to go about their lives and pay to feed their families, they don’t need this extra burden.”