The Berkeley City Council failed to pass a controversial resolution that would invite two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to live in the city. Nine council members debated the measure by the Peace and Justice Commission until late Tuesday night. The Resolution stated, “The Peace and Justice Commission, consistent with its mandate to promote peace and justice, locally, nationally and internationally, recommends that the United States lift its ban on the domestic repatriation of cleared Guantanamo detainees and that following the removal of this legal impediment, that assistance be given for their safe resettlement to the United States. It is proposed that the City of Berkeley then welcome one or two detainees to live in Berkeley, with needed housing and other support offered by the Berkeley community.”
According to their web site, “Berkeley is a city with a small population and a big reputation. In California alone, there are more than 30 cities bigger than Berkeley. And yet, we are famous around the globe as a center for academic achievement, scientific exploration, free speech and the arts. Berkeley is a constantly changing mix of long-time residents and new neighbors, and whether you just arrived from Albany or Azerbaijan, you are welcome here.”
In February 2010, President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, confirmed that the estimated number of recidivists had increased to 20 percent. At that recidivism rate, and based on the total number of detainee transfers at that time, between 110 and 120 former Guantanamo detainees were on the U.S. government’s recidivist list in early 2010.
This isn’t a decision to be made by the City of Berkeley. It is a federal decision. “President Barack Obama signed an act last month prohibiting the U.S. from paying for the relocation of cleared detainees.” Yet as proven before, Berkeley believes they are so important as to make decisions that only the federal government is allowed to make. Michelle Malkin has many posts regarding the City of Berkeley’s grandiose resolutions. Among those were their decisions to support the WikiLeaks Army private and comply with UN treaties.
This is par for the course for the self-righteous individuals that make up the City, Council and Commissions within Berkeley. What more would you expect from a City that consists of individuals such as these? (Warning, site NSFW). Eye bleach alert!
Please follow and like us: