The wingnut caucus of the GOP is back to their usual fearmongering, and are set to introduce a bill dictating where detainees at Gitmo can be moved:
The bill attempts to place restrictions on transfers of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States, and has two primary features:
* It prohibits the Obama administration from transferring any Guandetainee to any state without approval from that state’s legislature and governor
* Before transferring any detainee to any state, it requires the administration to notify Congress of the name of the detainee, and to stipulate to Congress that the release would not hamper continued prosecution of the detainee and wouldn’t negatively impact the state’s population.
The political game plan, obviously, is to tie Obama’s closure of Guantanamo to the idea that its detainees could come to a community near you, in order to sow fears more broadly about Obama’s foreign and anti-terror policies. It’s also designed to pressure Congressional Dems, particularly in red states, to distance themselves from Obama’s policies or risk being painted weak on terror.
I know exactly where to send them. Here:
President Barack Obama has 240 terror suspects he has said will be moved out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year. The city of Hardin has a brand-new empty jail.
A match made in heaven? Hardin officials think so; Montana’s congressional delegation thinks not.
The development authority in Hardin, a city of 3,400 people bordering the Crow Indian Reservation, built the $27 million, 460-bed jail two years ago and has been looking for tenants ever since. Its construction loans are in default.
The City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday in favor of a resolution supporting a proposal to house terror suspects currently detained at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay while they await trial.
“Somebody has to stand up and put (the Guantanamo prisoners) in their backyards. It’s our patriotic duty,” said Greg Smith, director of the city’s Two Rivers Authority.
You can read a more detailed story about this in the Billings Gazette piece. It goes without saying that the Montana congressional delegation, Democrats and Republicans, are against it. I’m not sure I see a significant downside- they have the facility, they need the work, and they are willing to do it. Those would probably be pretty good paying jobs and respectable work for good citizens. Why not?