Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Berkeley, California defeats the measure to welcome Gitmo detainees: WWBDN

The measure to welcome Gitmo detainees to Berkeley, California was defeated Tuesday night

Berkeley, that crazy mixed-up city of the '70's with hippie ideals that very often run counter to the well-being of the United States.

Just hearing the name Berkeley conjures up thoughts of the sex, drugs and rock 'n roll generation when events like Woodstock and hypnotic personalities like Charles Manson flourished.

Would Manson have a resolution brought before the Berkeley City Council for safe haven were he ever scheduled to be released from prison?

His release will never happen of course, but if it did wouldn't he have paid his debt to society and deserve a place to live out his last years? Some in Berkeley would no doubt think so. Some would want Manson living next door to them and dating their cousins.

What can you say about a city such as Berkeley that wishes to welcome with open arms released Gitmo prisoners who hate America and who wish to inflict death to her citizens and destroy its culture as we know it?

Where else would enemies of the state be welcome but a place like Berkeley with its Peace and Justice Commission. The very people that wanted to bestow hero status to Pfc. Bradley Manning, the man who leaked classified data to Julian Assange in the Wikileaks scandal?

Where else but Berkeley (and a few other cities) would these same enemies of the state be welcome to call the city home while a Marine recruitment station is under attack for removal because the military of the United States is not welcome?

Enemies welcome but the very institutions that provide Berkeley with the ability to be free are not. The episodes are an over-the-top embarrassment to the non-radical citizens of Berkeley and to the country.

Measure in Berkeley defeated 4-1 with 4 abstentions

Cynthia Papermaster of No More Guantanamos: "These men have suffered immensely. It's the right thing for all U.S. citizens to say, 'We're sorry for what happened to you. If you want to come here, we have a place for you.'"

City Manager Phil Kamlarz: "... federal law explicitly prohibits the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the United States."

WWBDN or What will Berkeley do next?


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1 comment :

  1. I was attracted by this news item today too. Yeah, Berkeley...

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