Get your thank you notes to Democratic candidates Morgan Carroll and Michael Bennet ready, Colorado is about to become the new GITMO. The plan was released this morning, making Colorado a top target state. Ouch. That’s got to sting Democrats up for re-election who essentially enabled the transfer, like Carroll and Bennet.
According to a Denver Post article, Morgan Carroll has practically rolled out the red carpet for GITMO detainees. Here’s what she said in December:
“‘If we don’t have the evidence, we should quit holding people indefinitely,’ said Carroll, who added that the U.S. should ‘charge, try and prosecute’ the detainees and hold them in the most secure facility that’s available — even if it’s in Colorado.
“‘Only if we are the safest place,’ she said.”
Then, there is Bennet who voted multiple times to block legislation that would have prevented the transfer of GITMO detainees here. Through our crystal ball, we see many campaign ads highlighting these bad votes.
Thankfully, we have Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who, in a statement, reminded President Obama that his plan was illegal:
“Pursuant to law he signed just three months ago, the President is prohibited from transferring or assisting in the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States homeland, as confirmed by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Regardless of today’s futile proposal, transferring detainees to the U.S. is illegal, and it’s rejected by Coloradans, top Colorado law enforcement officials, and Americans across the country.”
Bennet and Carroll refused to stand up to their party in order to protect Coloradans’ safety, and Colorado should refuse to send them to Washington, D.C. to represent the state.