February 9, 2009

SURE, A LESS HUMANE OPTION IS ATTRACTIVE, BUT...:

Don't send Guantanamo inmates here: U.S. politicians (Andrew Stern, 2/09/09, Reuters)

A cry of "not in my backyard" is growing louder over where to relocate terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay once the military-run prison is closed. [...]

Resolutions in a few states that are home to federal or military prisons call for the detainees to be sent anywhere but there, fearing those states will become magnets for terrorism. [...]

Kansas' Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius, in a January 28 letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, said she supported Guantanamo's closing but listed a host of reasons why Fort Leavenworth was unsuitable for the detainees. She has not received a reply, her spokesman said.

Lawmakers in Oklahoma, South Carolina, Colorado, Georgia and California have also initiated protests.

The administration is aware of the local backlash, the Pentagon spokesman said. The Pentagon, the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security will hold an interagency review to determine what to do with the remaining 245 detainees, he said.

In Colorado, home to the federal "Supermax" prison housing the most dangerous U.S. inmates, a spokesman for Democratic Governor Bill Ritter called a Republican petition drive to block detainees a stunt to embarrass the Obama administration.


Colorado doesn't have to worry. The isolation prisoners are kept in at Supermax is so psychoses inducing it would be considered torture to put terrorists there. Except Ramzi Yousef, the Unabomber, and Terry Nichols, for some reason Democrats don't care about them.

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