TESTIMONY OF WILLIAM J. KELLY, Republican Candidate for Comptroller – December 22, 2009 Public Hearing in Sterling, Illinois on Transfer of Guantanamo Prisoners to Thomson Prison
Hello. My name is William J. Kelly, the Republican candidate for Illinois Comptroller and a small business owner in this state. I want you to know that I am fully aware of the fact that this public hearing is a sham and a charade. I feel most people here would agree.
We are preparing to file a class action lawsuit on the grounds of public endangerment to prevent the Guantanamo 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.
No sooner than we will bring Al-Qaeda to the state of Illinois than it will be deemed the new torture camp by the media and, sadly, even members of Illinois’ own congressional delegation – most likely Rep. Bobby Rush and Luis Gutierrez.
Chicago is already named as an Al-Qaeda target. You don’t have to be a security expert to know that this will only escalate the hatred and danger directed at Chicago and the state as a whole. Only Governor Quinn would look at Al-Qaeda as a jobs program when what he should be doing is cutting taxes on families and businesses. This is just an effort by Illinois political hacks to help President Obama keep an ill-conceived campaign promise. This plan presents an unacceptable risk for Illinois. We’ve been fighting a war to keep Al-Qaeda off our soil. Let’s keep it that way.
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William J. Kelly is running on a platform to be Illinois’ first “activist” comptroller. He is the former executive director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois. He is also an entrepreneur with an Emmy award-winning TV production company and currently hosts the multi-state sports TV series, “Sportsaholic.” For information, visit http://www.friendsofwilliamjkelly.com.