Berkeley Council Votes Against Welcoming Gitmo Detainees

BERKELEY (AP) — The Berkeley city council has narrowly rejected a measure that would have welcomed freed Guantanamo Bay detainees to resettle in the East Bay city.

The resolution was rejected late Tuesday in a 4-1 vote, with four abstentions.

The measure would have asked Congress to allow Guantanamo prisoners cleared of wrongdoing to resettle in the U.S.—and invite “one or two” of them to live in Berkeley.

City Manager Phil Kamlarz recommended the council take no action because “federal law explicitly prohibits the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the United States.”

At least two other U.S. cities, including Amherst, Mass., have approved similar resolutions.

Critics say the resolution is an empty gesture that distracts from the city’s more pressing issues.

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  • Philip

    Guantanamo is a torture camp where innocent people can be put without any trial.
    If Obama isn’t able to close that place down, let at least its victims have a live.

  • Mike Hill

    I didn’t know Berkeley solved there budgetary problems and had nothing else of importance to discuss at their council meetings. Why go out of the way to invite people to move to your city? Why use tax payer dollars on this? These people have no ties to Berkeley; they could not show you where it is located on a map. Shame on the council for even bringing it up to a vote.

  • http://CBS5 Captain America

    Berkeley, solve your own troubles within your own city before you attempt in becoming Mother Theresa. What a joke! Stupid City Council members to enertain the idea!

  • Lawyer

    Invite “one or two” of them. Isn’t that discrimination?

  • 2ndamendmentdefender

    But… it’s Berkeley! They HAVE to be the “progressive” influence for the world. Somehow, it seems fitting that they WOULD want more radical troublemakers in their fine Californian town. I’m really shocked they took this stance.

    Of course, these are the detainees “cleared of misdeeds” but for some strange reason cannot be sent back to where we rendited them from??? Answer me that?

    Sorry, but that they even brought it to a vote tells me one thing – the city council isn’t an advisory board, or a city management group – – they’re a public mouthpiece for whatever hare-brained agenda someone can think up. No wonder they have troubles running their city – they’re too distracted trying to “make a statement” rather than DO THEIR JOBS!!!

  • davey

    Where is the love. They can come to SF too.

  • craze

    PLEASE bring them to Berkeley so they can blow you up first!! I am so glad there is a bridge between me and the east bay, raise the toll so the commute is more difficult please!

  • EViL_BBQ_Steve

    Be careful what you wish for because you probably already have it.

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