NY Rep. King: Keep Guantanamo detainees out of NY
April 1, 2009
A New York congressman says Guantanamo prisoners shouldn't be put on trial in New York near the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Rep. Peter King, the senior Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, said Wednesday that it would pose an unnecessary security risk. He's opposed to President Barack Obama's plan to empty the Guantanamo detention center within a year.
There's been speculation that some of the 240 detainees could be tried in a federal courthouse blocks from ground zero.
A task force is trying to determine the best option for each Guantanamo detainee. Because the review is ongoing, a Justice Department spokesman says the department can't speculate on potential prosecution venues.
Other members of Congress also oppose housing the detainees on their home turf.
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