February 12, 2016

Standish man cut short while testifying before subcommittee in D.C. regarding Gitmo transfer


WASHINGTON D.C. — Standish business man Dave Munson, a member of the Michigan Coalition to Stop Gitmo North, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Intelligence Community Management on Thursday, however, was dismissed prior to the completion of his testimony.

According to reports, Munson was dismissed by Subcommittee Chair Rep. Anna Eshoo (D – Calif.) due to accusations that Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R – Holland) had brought Munson to D.C. for political gains regarding his Michigan Gubernatorial campaign.

“I got dismissed by the chair,” Munson said. “I got about five minutes to talk and I was about two-thirds of the way through what I wanted to say about what’s going on in my town.”

According to Munson, his testimony was submitted Tuesday, two days prior to flying to the nation’s capitol to testify.

“They knew what I was coming to say,” he said. “They were not interested in what’s going to happen in Standish, Michigan.”

Munson said he was able to tell the committee about the size of Standish and the size of Arenac County; and why people were objecting to Gitmo detainees being transferred to Standish Max, scheduled to close Oct. 31, before getting cut off.

He added that Hoekstra was able to get him additional time to testify about signatures against the transfer that had been collected. He said about 450 have been collected.

The Coalition to Stop Gitmo North will be meeting Monday at 6 p.m. at the Resurrection of The Lord Catholic Church cafeteria for an informational and action meeting. The group also plans to protest on the corner on M-61 and US-23 on Friday, Oct. 30.

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