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Hunter seeks to bar Guantanamo detainees from San Diego County bases

January 22, 2009 |  9:47 am

Hunter_2 Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) introduced legislation today to prevent detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba from being transferred to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar or Camp Pendleton in San Diego County.

“Transferring detainees to these bases would cause an enormous distraction and interfere with [troops'] training and mission requirement,” said Hunter, a Marine captain who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Obama has ordered the Guantanamo site closed within a year. The Miramar and Camp Pendleton bases have been mentioned as possible locations to which the detainees could be transferred.

-- Tony Perry