May 192009

Do you recall this post from a couple of days ago? Read it if you haven’t. I’ll wait.

Our Senate Democrats would do well to read it also. Today they became practically indistinguishable from their fear-mongering Republican counterparts. Here’s part of a press conference held by Majority Leader Harry Reid:

REID: I’m saying that the United States Senate, Democrats and Republicans, do not want terrorists to be released in the United States. That’s very clear.

QUESTION: No one’s talking about releasing them. We’re talking about putting them in prison somewhere in the United States.

REID: Can’t put them in prison unless you release them.

QUESTION: Sir, are you going to clarify that a little bit? …

REID: I can’t make it any more clear than the statement I have given to you. We will never allow terrorists to be released in the United States. […]

QUESTION: But Senator, Senator, it’s not that you’re not being clear when you say you don’t want them released. But could you say — would you be all right with them being transferred to an American prison?

REID: Not in the United States.

It’s all kind of baffling, isn’t it? Now we have Democrats thinking like Republicans. We’re in a boatload of trouble here, folks. Somebody needs to test the water in the Capitol building. Pronto. We held an election about this. Remember?

“Can’t put them in prison unless you release them.” What?!

If there is one thing we Americans have proven ourselves fairly adept at, it’s building prisons and keeping folks in them.


UPDATE: “Senate votes to block funds for Guantanamo closure.” 90 to 6. We live in fear. The terrorists have won. America has become but a shadow of what it once was. Home of the brave indeed.

  14 Responses to “Terrorists in the neighborhood II”

  1. Yea, you just had an election, and they have one coming up. Funny how the left starts caring about National Security when they need votes. Let’s face it. Only extreme leftists bought that Obama nonsense about closing GITMO and releasing terrorists. The rest of us back here in reality vote too, and Harry Reid and company know that.

  2. @Steve : Hey, Steve. Thanks for dropping by. Now… care to back up your comment? Show me one place where President Obama said he wants to release terrorists. One place. That’s all, just one.

    You probably do believe that our President wants to:

    Take each prisoner out of his cell. Give him a personal apology, a big kiss and an AK-47. Then hand him a free airline ticket good for any destination in the continental United States.

    Don’t you? (That quote, by the way, is from the column linked to in the post that is linked to in the first sentence of this post. Did you happen to read it?)

    “I” had an election? “You” didn’t have an election? “Now” the left starts caring about National Security? (I love way you capitalize those two words, by the way.)

    Oh, and the part about you being “back here in reality…” That was priceless.

    Much to the chagrin of you extreme righties, there is always another election coming up. Yes, “they” have an election coming up. There is always an election coming up. It’s what we back here in real reality call democracy. Funny how it works out that way, isn’t it?

  3. Have you heard about the brand new $28 Million prison that sits EMPTY in the little town of Hardin, Montana? The town council has offered to take the Gitmo prisoners into their new prison facility. Seems that after the new prison was built they discovered that Montana law prohibited incarceration of prisoners from other States so the prison has sat empty while the State Legislature changed the law. The legislature only meets for 90 days every other year, so everything has been on the back burner. Now get this, the State’s congressional delegation, Senators Baucus and Tester, and the lone Congressman, Dennis Rehberg, have all gone on record as opposing the transfer of Gitmo prisoners to the Hardin Montana facility because it might pose a danger to the local citizens. Hardin, Montana, with a population a little over 3,000, is the headquarters of the Crow Indian Reservation. The local citizens are also voicing opposition to the Gitmo prisoners, but the Town Council seems to think it would be better to USE this facility than let it sit empty. There are also jobs to be created if the facility is put into use, at least cooks and caretakers, assuming that most of the locals would not be qualified to perform Correction Officer duties. The nearest city is Billings, Montana, and Hardin is southeast of there, along Interstate 90.

  4. I think we should build a secure facility in Cuba and keep them there. That way they could not escape into U.S. cities and would be far away from Democratic voters.

  5. that was pretty idiotic !! saw it on tv last night!
    I can just hear Fox now… Maybe they’ll do a role reversal, and it will all come out in the wash!

  6. @Doug : But what you don’t seem to understand, Doug, is that if we transfer these detainees (most of whose only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time) to prisons in the United States, the guards are going to allow them to escape in the dead of night and Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are going to be waiting at the gates to hand them each an automatic assault weapon and then they are all going to kill us in our sleep. Every one of us.

    I know it sounds ridiculous, but honestly, that’s what the conservatives believe. I’m not kidding. They really believe it. Just look at Steve’s and Harrison’s comments and watch Fox News for a few minutes (if you can). Amazing, isn’t it?

  7. Why not just open the gates at Gitmo and let them all walk away into Cuba? Then we can let the Castro brothers worry about what to do with them.

  8. Great Post! Keep blogging! Keep telling the truth!

  9. Hi Len…Hear that sound? I’ll be back in the near future to tell you what it is! Until then, have a great day, week, and holiday…

  10. You tell me which is the more “secure” facility:,+VA+22314&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&hl=en&ll=38.802159,-77.068148&spn=0.006171,0.013733&t=h&z=17,-75.103161&spn=0.01489,0.027466&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A

    Also the jail in Alexandria, VA is not at all like the one you pictured above… I grew up near Old Town and I can tell you if you don’t already know that the area is PACKED with people.

    Common sense told me that, not Fox News.

  11. @Harrison : Having admittedly never personally visited either facility, I cannot tell you which is more secure. I rather imagine they both are fairly secure, otherwise neither would be used to house dangerous criminals. (I’m guessing that the jail in Alexandria which you choose to compare to Gitmo is used to house dangerous criminals. I don’t really know that for a fact, though.) Just for curiosity’s sake, do you know how many hardcore criminals are housed in the jail in Alexandria and how many of those manage to escape from that jail each year? Is this jail a federal penitentiary or is it a city or county jail? I know common sense tells me that I probably don’t want proven terrorists housed in the Dallas County Jail, either (and Fox News didn’t tell me that, whatever Fox News may have to do with this).

  12. There are about 440 prisoners in the Old Town jail. Last time I checked, none planned 9-11. I am not so much worried about escape (although a terrorist did grab a gun from Bagram base and shoot their way out) as much as a bombing happening there. While the trials go on they will be housed in a facility that was never designed to hold such dangerous people and those who would seek to set an example through terrorism. The trials could last years. Alexandria, VA is a collection of row houses, shops restaurants, office buildings that are only a few stories high, and freeways. These are all things that people who want to cause harm to innocent people love because they could kill many and escape easily.

    Even the mayor of Alexandria, a Democrat, doesn’t want them there:

  13. @Harrison : Okay, you win. I won’t put any of the Gitmo detainees in the Alexandria jail. I guess I’ll just have to look for more secure prisons within the United States and elsewhere where the security is sufficient and the guards and administration competent enough to handle the assignment. Thanks for helping me remove Alexandria from my list. Appreciate the help.

  14. Old Town is only the holding facility… but it is a bad one! SuperMax is a good place but the trouble is until they get there.

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