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May 18, 2009

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I summed up how I saw the situation on Hlizoy's last Uighur post:

The US screwed up big time, imprisoning and torturing not just innocent people, but patently innocent people, and refusing to release them for years on end.

They can't go home (will be tortured and killed), but they could move to US. Thus, US has opportunity to make up for its crime in some small way, as a refuge for its victims. This small act could also go some way in repairing America's image.

So, naturally, since so small and safe an act can carry so much symbolic weight in America's favor, Newt Gingrich and the National Review are against it.

And somehow, that's now normal. Wow...

Anyone giving any credit to Ann Coulter or Jabba the Limbaugh needs a lot of help!

Virginians: Please urge our Commonwealth's Senators to welcome the Uighurs, who would join an existing Uighur-American community in the Arlington and Alexandria area.

Accepting the lies being spread by fear-mongering Republicans would be shameful and cowardly behavior, unworthy of Sens. Webb and Warner. Let them know that Newt Gingrich and Andy McCarthy don't speak for us. Don't allow them to pretend that these men, imprisoned unjustly now for eight years, pose any kind of threat to us.

The 17 Uighurs were cleared of any charges long ago by the Bush administration. But the Chinese government has made it difficult for any other government to accept them. It's our country whose government decided to make them prisoners for most of a decade. We owe them a new start in life, and we are fortunate to have a community to welcome them.

This would also allow Virginia to make a contribution to closing Guantanamo, something that is in the national interest. If these prisoners are settled in Virginia, it will be significantly easier for the U.S. government to prevail on other countries to accept other long-cleared prisoners from Guantanamo.

Senator Mark Warner
459A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Attn: Mark Bruner

Phone: 202-224-2023
Fax: 202-224-6295
email (via web): http://warner.senate.gov

Senator Jim Webb
144 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-4024
Fax: 202-228-6363
email (via web): http://webb.senate.gov

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