Strong NH: Your Weekly E-Newsletter


Hassan Still Silent on Gitmo
Despite the fact that there are still currently over 100 dangerous individuals at Gitmo, as we told you about in our last e-newsletter, President Barack Obama has vowed to continue efforts to close it.

The Defense Department announced last month that five Yemeni nationals were released from Gitmo, including an Al Qaeda terrorist who reportedly had close ties to Osama bin Laden. According to the Pentagon, they were transferred to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Just this week, Sen. Kelly Ayotte said that the recent release of Gitmo detainees occurred just four-and-a-half hours after French officials raided the Bataclan to stop an attack there. 

Governor Maggie Hassan told the New Hampshire Union Leader in an interview in October that "she would consider closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison," but she has not elaborated further on the issue since. Last month, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire took out a full page advertisement in the New Hampshire Union Leader calling on Governor Maggie Hassan to fully explain her position on closing the Gitmo. Regrettably, she has refused to do so.

Given new revelations that the five dangerous Gitmo detainees who were were released last month were sent to the UAE just hours after the attacks in Paris, Granite Staters are rightly concerned about the Obama Administration's plan to eventually close the facility. Those concerns are heightened further given reports that the Pentagon is considering relocation areas for other detainees only hours from the New Hampshire border.

Our organization has been asking Governor Maggie Hassan for months for a full explanation of what she would do with the more than one hundred dangerous detainees still being held at Gitmo. Whether she supports releasing them to other countries or moving them to facilities in the United Staters, given the dangerous times we live in, Granite Staters have been more than patient waiting to hear what Governor Hassan's plan truly is.
Union Leader Editorial: "The Medicaid Lie"
The New Hampshire Union Leader's editorial this Friday rightfully called on Democrats in the New Hampshire State Senate to "concentrate on the real problem" regarding the state's ongoing heroin epidemic, "and stop using it as an excuse to push Medicaid expansion."

If you have not read the editorial, we encourage you to click HERE to read it.

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