So detainees from Guantanamo Bay will be coming to an Illinois penitentiary. It shouldn't be that much of a surprise since the President has been trying to find a way to appease those on the left clamoring for him to shut down Gitmo, but for the life of me, I don't see any way that this makes sense from the right, left or middle.
No matter what angle I look at this, I can't get around the following:
1) The whole agitation for shutting down Gitmo is that supposedly, we are illegally detaining these folk. I don't see how moving them stateside erases that argument (BTW, couldn't moving them from the Caribbean to Illinois be considered inhumane?)
2) The reason they are being transferred instead of released is that they were in fact captured engaging in terrorist activities. How putting them together with our own Federal inmates is a good idea is beyond me. I'm sure none of those inmates have any grudges against the US and would hence be susceptible to proselytization.
If the President actually believes that we are illegally detaining innocent folks, close the prison & send the inmates home. If they are folks captured while engaging in terrorist activities, or warfare outside the Geneva established protocols of war, then leave them where they are.
Obama is like most politicians, trying to have his cake and eat it to. He knows if he let everyone go, the right would come after him as soft on national security. If he leaves them there, the left will come after him for breaking his pledge to close the detention center (although, what's one more promise at this point).
By trying to split the difference, he's giving us the worst of both worlds. He's still detaining folks that were deprived of their Miranda rights (the left's complaint, although technically, they don't have Miranda rights), but now, instead of isolating them, he's bringing their poisonous message to our own inmates.