Berkeley resolution to welcome Gitmo detainees fails

In this Nov. 19, 2008 file photo reviewed by the U.S. Military, a Guantanamo detainee glances up while resting on a foam pad inside a fenced-in outdoor exercise area at the Camp 6 high-security detention facility on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Obama administration is looking at creating a courtroom-within-a-prison complex in the U.S. to house suspected terrorists, combining military and civilian detention facilities at a single maximum-security prison. Several senior U.S. officials said the administration is eyeing a soon-to-be-shuttered state maximum security prison in Michigan and the 134-year-old military penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., as possible locations for a heavily guarded site to hold the 229 suspected al-Qaida, Taliban and foreign fighters now jailed at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

February 16, 2011 1:12:19 PM PST
The Berkeley City Council failed to pass a controversial resolution that would invite two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to live in the city.

Nine council members debated the measure by the Peace and Justice commission until late Tuesday night.

A resident had offered to let one of the men, who have been cleared off all charges, live in her home.

But that is unlikely, because President Barack Obama signed an act last month prohibiting the U.S. from paying for the relocation of cleared detainees.

In the end, Berkeley's resolution did not get the five votes needed to pass.