Maggie Hassan Supports Gitmo Transfers, But Don’t Ask Her For Details
Granite Staters who don’t want Guantanamo Bay terrorists in the United States should breathe a sigh of relief that Gov. Maggie Hassan isn’t in the senate.
A majority of senators – including Hassan’s opponent, Kelly Ayotte, voted for a defense bill that would stop President Obama from moving Gitmo detainees to American prisons – a plan he has been pushing since taking office. The Hill reports:
The legislation, which passed the House by a 370-58 vote last week, includes restrictions on transferring detainees out of Guantanamo Bay, adding roadblocks to a long-standing campaign pledge from Obama to close the facility…
…The restrictions have gained increased scrutiny with the president expected to hand over a plan for closing the controversial facility as soon as this week. That plan is expected to include trying to move dozens of the 112 remaining detainees into the United States, something that congressional Republicans are firmly opposed to.
Hillary Clinton, who Hassan has endorsed, has also backed efforts to bring terrorists into the country. In an October interview with The Union Leader, Hassan indicated that she agreed:
Hassan said she would consider closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison, but only in a context that ensures the protection of U.S. citizens.
Hassan didn’t elaborate on how such a plan could possibly “ensure the protection of U.S. citizens, given that there have been prison breaks at even the most maximum security facilities, including New York’s Clinton Correctional facility earlier this year.
Hassan wasn’t willing to provide any more details with an America Rising tracker caught up with her as she fundraised with Sen. Chuck Schumer and other deep-pocketed Democrats in Washington, D.C. on Monday night:
It is unclear whether anyone has explained to Hassan that being a senator requires actually having to answer to constituents for your positions on controversial issues, which she has consistently avoided in her campaign thus far.