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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

Source: http://www.teapartyofwmi.org/forum/topics/stop-gitmo-northeric-holder?page=1&commentId=3249824%3AComment%3A25560&x=1#3249824Comment25560

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