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Rallying against Gitmo North

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By Michelle Malkin  •  December 23, 2009 11:22 AM

When no one else will fight for your national security, you have to D-I-Y.

Do it yourself.

Defend Our Defenders continues to step up to the plate. Here’s the latest on the citizen backlash against the Obama administration’s Gitmo North plans at Thomson Correctional Facility.

And details of a potential lawsuit:

GITMO LAWSUIT COULD BLOCK THOMSON PRISON TRANSFER TO FEDS

GOP Comptroller candidate Kelly’s Attorney Planning to File Class Action Suit for Public Endangerment

(STERLING, IL) – This afternoon, protesters from Band of Mothers and Illinois Tea Party gathered in Sterling, IL to protest the move to transfer the Gitmo detainees to Thomson Prison. Among them was William J. Kelly, the GOP candidate for comptroller. Kelly is planning to file a lawsuit to block the transfer of the Thomson prison site to the federal government to house the Gitmo detainees. Kelly’s attorney, Greg Johnson, is exploring the merits of a class action suit on the grounds of public endangerment to prevent the prisoner transfer. “The public risks associated with the continued detention of war prisoners should not be forced upon the citizens of Illinois without sufficient public input and acceptance,” said Johnson.

Kelly, who deeply opposed the plan had this to say: “They say this is about jobs. This is not about jobs. The State of Illinois is better off cutting taxes so that businesses can actually stay in Illinois and create real jobs. Only bankrupt tax and spend politicians would view Al-Qaeda as a jobs program.”

“I thought the reason we fought the war in Iraq was to keep Al-Qaeda in Iraq and in their caves and not on our soil. This move by President Obama represents one of the greatest threats to homeland security in the history of the United States of America,” continued Kelly.

Kelly will be speaking about this potential suit in his statement at Gov. Quinn’s public hearing today at Sterling High School in Illinois. It is the only public hearing on the plan.

More information will be forthcoming. If you need to get in touch with him for comment, please contact Laura Grock at (312) 943-1106.

For information, visit www.friendsofwilliamjkelly.com.

Kelly is running on a platform to be Illinois’ first activist comptroller. He is the former executive director of the National Taxpayers Union and was recently profiled by the Washington Times. He ran in 1994 against Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and exposed the congressman’s more than $50,000 in back taxes, child support, and parking tickets. Kelly is a successful entreprenuer with an Emmy award-winning TV production company and currently produces and hosts the multi-state sports show, “Sportsaholic.”

And from the ever-vigilant Andy McCarthy: We Interrupt this Socialization of Medicine to Bring You an Abdication of Our National Defense…

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