Why Guantanamo Bay?

February 4th, 2009 | Tags: , , , ,

The IndyStar has an article today about a resolution Republican lawmakers are looking to pass which would discourage moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the state. What seemed like an open and shut case of NIMBY when I heard it on the radio this morning, takes on a different meaning when you note it is Republican lawmakers. Their message? You can’t make a unilateral decision to move people away from one place if you don’t have an idea of where you are going to put them. Perhaps since they are military prisoners they can be sent to an different army prision.

Indiana is not the only state trying to discourage transfers. The Kansas Senate voted Monday to adopt a similar resolution to keep the prisoners out of Fort Leavenworth, home to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, one of at least three military locations mentioned as a potential relocation site for the detainees.

Oops. I’m not trying to condone the incarceration, but there is a reason that they all were held at a facility in Cuba: Cuba is not here. Cuba is not in my backyard. Closing Gitmo may sound like a good idea, but you can’t pick up one end of the stick without picking up the other.

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