Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Why They Were Kept At Gitmo In The First Place

from Talking Points Memo by Josh Marshall
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As Congressional Republicans make their childish complaints about the possibility of Guantanamo prisoners coming to the U.S. mainland, it's worth remembering why they were put there in the first place. It wasn't because they possess superpowers or that America doesn't know how to lock up dangerous people. It was solely so that they would be outside of the reach of the U.S. legal system.

It's amazing to me that they would advance such ridiculous arguments as " they would turn them loose in this country " and " these are people who want to kill us ". No one is suggesting that they should be turned loose. Many people in our prisons have killed and would kill again and the prisons hold them with no danger to the local populace. There are terrorists, foreign and domestic,who have been held in this country for years. I have several friends and several more acquaintances who work at a nearby maximum security prison that also holds all the present death row prisoners in the state of Pennsylvania. To say that the US prison system cannot assimilate 241 more high risk prisoners is an insult to them and the other corrections officers that every day perform one of the most dangerous and mentally challenging jobs that can be found in modern society.

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