Michigan is still in consideration as the Obama Administration shops states to house the Guantanamo Bay terror suspects it is intent on relocating to the US.
The Michigan Coalition to Stop Gitmo North is protesting Thursday November, 19th @ 5 PM in front of the Detroit Renaissance Center, where US Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to speak, to tell him loud and clear that supporters do not want the detainees tried or imprisoned on US soil.
FBI Director Robert Mueller, former CIA Director James Woolsey and scores of military officers, national security experts, law enforcement agents and lawmakers across the political divide have warned about the security, economic, legal and logistic risks inherent in transferring the Gitmo detainees to the US.
Here is an excellent editorial, “Holder’s al Qaeda Incentive Plan,” which appeared in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal explaining the risks associated with bringing the detainees to trial in this country: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748704431804574539792069
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has repeatedly expressed her opposition due to “homeland security concerns. The majority of Michigan’s US Congressional delegation is opposed to such a transfer. Freshman Democratic Representative Gary Peters cites the negative impact bringing detainees to Michigan would have on our state’s already “tarnished” image, undermining tourism and our ability to attract new business to our state.
Our state Senate voted unanimously to insist on full disclosure and declassification of information from the federal government on the detainees and the threat their relocation here would pose. The state legislators also sought authorization to lead a fact-finding mission to Gitmo. Such requests for transparency, similar to those of US Rep. Pete Hoekstra, have been rejected.
The dangers and risks associated with holding these detainees on U.S. soil creates a “clear and present danger,” of an attack, according to Dr. Peter Leitner of the Higgins Counter-terrorism Institute. Dr.
Leitner and Lt. Colonel Cucullu (who wrote the book “Inside Gitmo”), were our
expert panelists in the Rochester High School Town Hall.
P.S. The following describes the event in the organizers words:
Detroit Marriott Hotel at Renaissance Center, Renaissance Ballroom (313) 568-8000 –
ALPACT (Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust) is hosting its 1st
Annual Awards Banquet with the Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., U.S. Attorney
General, as the keynote speaker.
During this event, a special awards ceremony will be held to formally
recognize those individuals whose devotion, dedication and service to the
community are recognized as unprecedented by ALPACT. Awards will be given out to
an outstanding youth, law enforcement and community member.
The banquet will be held at the Detroit Marriott-Renaissance Center in
downtown Detroit on Thursday, November 19, 2009 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. WJBK
Fox 2 News Anchor Huel Perkins will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
ALPACT is a community-based coalition launched in 1996 to create dialogue
and honest discussion between community and law enforcement agencies in
southeastern Michigan. ALPACT is comprised of more than 100 leaders from
federal, state and law enforcement agencies, as well as, civil rights and
community organizations. Convening on a monthly basis, these law enforcement
agencies and community organizations have continued to collaborate on issues
affecting police-community relations.
Official & Participating Organizations
Allen Park PD; Ann Arbor PD; American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC
Michigan); Arab American Chaldean Community Outreach Services; Arab American
Chaldean Council; American Arab Chamber of Commerce; American Civil Liberties
Union (ACLU); Anti-Defamation League (ADL); Arab Community Center for Social
Services (ACCESS); Asian Middle Eastern Americans for Justice; Association of
Chinese Americans; Bangladeshi American Public Affairs Committee (BAPAC);
Bloomfield Twp PD; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF);
Campaign for Justice; City of Dearborn; City of Detroit Mayor’s Office;
Coalition Against Police Brutality; Council on American –Islamic Relations –
Michigan (CAIR – MI); Council of Organizations of Asian Indians (COAIM); Crime
Stoppers of Michigan; Dearborn PD; Detroit PD; Detroit Public School PD; Detroit
Urban League; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Eastpointe PD; Eastern
Michigan University PD; Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit; Office of
Farmington Hills PD; Federal Air Marshal Service: TSA/OLE/FAMS; Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI); Governor’s Office of Southeastern Michigan; Lieutenants
& Sergeants Association of Detroit; Livonia PD; Macomb County Prosecutor’s
Office; Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police; Michigan Attorney General’s
Office; Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES); Michigan
Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion; Michigan State Police; Michigan
Department of Civil Rights; MOSES of Michigan / National Gamaliel Foundation;
NAACP Detroit Branch; NAACP Macomb County; NAACP State Conference; New Detroit
Inc; Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office; Oakland County Sherriff’s Office;
Office of Wayne County Executive; Office of US Congressman John Conyers; SER
Metro – Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc.; State Bar of Michigan; Southeastern
Michigan Lutheran Synod; Thomas M. Cooley Law School; Triangle Foundation; US
Department of Justice; US Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE); US Secret
Service; Warren PD; Washtenaw County Justice Association; Washtenaw County
Public Defender’s Office; Wayne County Children & Family Services; Wayne
County Prosecutor’s Office; Wayne County Sherriff’s Department