Do I have a Christmas time treat for you. For all of you folks who are keeping score with their Barry Obama promise trackers, you can cross another one off the list finally. It looks like Obama is finally going to close down Gitmo.. then again, he's going to reopen it in Illinois..
President Obama ordered the federal government Tuesday to buy the Thomson Correctional Center in northwest Illinois to house Guantanano detainees as the administration revealed that military trials would be conducted at the prison.
Meanwhile, critics of Obama's plan to move the suspected terrorists now at the military prison in Cuba to Thomson -- 150 miles west of Chicago -- included all seven Republican members of the Illinois congressional delegation: Peter Roskam, John Shimkus, Mark Kirk, Judy Biggert, Don Manzullo, Aaron Schock and Tim Johnson together in a rare joint press conference at the Capitol. The GOP Senate and House leaders, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), as well as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), also objected to the transfer.
So instead of having military kangaroo courts at Guantanamo, Obama is now planning on having military kangaroo courts in Illinois. It seems like he's bringing it to his back yard. I'm not sure what demographic Obama is trying to please with this. Conservatives are furious about the terrorist being moved to American Soil (P.S. Gitmo is on American soil now) Liberals are furious about the still indefinite detention and military trials, and I'm pretty sure middle easterners don't give a fuck about where is indefinitely holding brown people; rather, the fact that they're just randomly snatching them up and holding them somewhere is the key issue here.
Well, Obama didn't say shit about civilian trials, he just wanted to clear out Guantanamo as he promised.. what was it now, a year ago already? Maybe this is a step in the right direction as prisoners detailed in the United States have legal rights whether they are citizens or not. The justice department has previously suggested that Guantanamo bay is outside the U.S. Legal jurisdiction, so prisoners detained there have a reduced chance of a court acknowledging their rights. The whole argument for suspending Habeas Corpus at Gitmo was due to it not being technically on U.S. soil.
I know what you're thinking, now that they're going to be in U.S. Prisons, they'll live the sweat life of watching cable TV and working out all day. Don't forget the 3 meals a day! You don't get that kind of treatment in the ghetto! oh wait.. what? You mean to tell me that there's no longer the "three hots & a cot" treatment in jail anymore? Only two meals a day for Indiana prisoners.
To be really honest, inmates are safer at Gitmo than in stateside civilian prison by a wide margin. For example, Gitmo does not feature shooting inmates for sport (while guards bet on the outcome via videotape) Bags of human feces dumped on inmates with shattered elbows if they complain, freezing inmates for days at a time, 36-year sensory-deprivation solitary confinement, penis amputation, being cooked to death in solar ovens, fingers chewed off by swarms of rats, having skull cracked in order to make inmate lose bowel control, being beaten to death while tied to chair with towel in mouth, gladiator fights to the death, bled to death internally over the course of many days + parents told on TV that inmate deserved it because he used drugs... and a rape every 4 minutes. All that and more happening every day right here in the good ol' US of A.
Then again, People in Northern Illinois are thrilled about this because they have no jobs and money and with this opening up, it would provide a large number of jobs to Americans instead of.. Cubans. Obama now gets to brag about reducing outsourcing. Who doesn't want a low-payig prison job so they can continue to shop at wal-mart instead of dollar tree. This isn't going to anger those Illinois. In fact, I think the only way to really piss off people in Illinois is to pronounce it Illinoise.
I hope nobody thinks Obama will do anything significant for the human rights of Guantanamo detainees. It's going to be a while before anything is even done there. I mean, how long has it been since he first decreed that he was going to shut it down....