"Richmond- This morning Republican members of Congress, including Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor (R-7th), announced new legislation that would grant Governors and state legislatures final approval authority before any detainee held at Guantanamo Bay could be transferred, or released, into their state. The bill, H.R. 2294, is titled the "Keep Terrorists Out of America Act". The bill will also require the President, or his designee, as part of the state approval process, to certify that the detainee does not pose a security risk, and to inform Congress as to why a specific location has been chosen.
Bob McDonnell, Republican gubernatorial candidate and former Attorney General of Virginia, issued the following statement regarding this new legislation:
"One of the chief obligations of the Governor is to work to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of the Commonwealth. The decision to close Guantanamo Bay has been made. Now serious decisions must be made regarding where the detainees will go next. These are suspected terrorists, some of whom were plotters in the September 11th attacks. There are serious public safety concerns regarding their future destinations. Each Governor and state legislature should have the final say over whether or not a detainee will be placed in a location within their borders. I oppose the transfer of any Guantanamo Bay detainees to Virginia."
Eric and Bob need to read the constitution. President Obama is the COMMANDER IN CHIEF. Virginia is not autonomous, and the state legislature does not get veto power over where the President of the United States wants to house any federal prisoners.
This is despicable. Especially coming from a former army officer like McDonnell who is supposed to understand what "chain of command" is and why it is important.
And if you don't see the pattern yet, check this out. Prince William Chairman Corey Stewart is on McDonnell's website, saying that Bob is running "To be there to say No Mr. President".