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Conservatives fighting to bring detainees here, agree?

In a joint statement prepared by the Constitution Project, David Keene, founder of American Conservative Union, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, and former representative and presidential candidate Bob Barr say moving suspected terrorists to the Thomson, Illinois prison facility, "makes good sense." Taxpayers, they note, have already invested $145 million in the facility, which has been "little used." And the surrounding community, they add, could benefit from increased employment once the prison becomes filled.

"The scaremongering about these issues should stop," they add, noting that there is "absolutely no reason to fear that prisoners will escape or be released into their communities."

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:48 PM on Nov. 17, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Here is the entire statement from Norquist, Keene and Barr::

    As it moves to close Guantanamo and develop policies for handling terrorism suspects going forward, the government should rely upon our established, traditional system of justice. This includes our system of federal prisons, which have repeatedly proven they can safely hold persons convicted of terrorism offenses.

    We are confident that the government can preserve national security without resorting to sweeping and radical departures from an American constitutional tradition that has served us effectively for over two centuries.

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:48 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • Civilian federal courts are the proper forum for terrorism cases. Civilian prisons are the safe, cost effective and appropriate venue to hold persons convicted in federal courts. Over the last two decades, federal courts constituted under Article III of the U.S. Constitution have proven capable of trying a wide array of terrorism cases, without sacrificing either national security or fair trial standards.

    Likewise the federal prison system has proven itself fully capable of safely holding literally hundreds of convicted terrorists with no threat or danger to the surrounding community.

    The scaremongering about these issues should stop.
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:49 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • Using a state of the art but little used prison facility like the one at Thomson, Illinois - with any appropriate security upgrades our law enforcement professionals deem necessary - makes good sense for the tax payers who invested $145 million in the facility and who are seeing millions wasted every month at the costly, inefficient Guantanamo facility. It makes sense for the community which will benefit from the related employment and has absolutely no reason to fear that prisoners will escape or be released into their communities.

    But most of all it makes sense for America because it is a critical link in the process of closing Guantanamo and getting this country back to using its tried and true, constitutionally sound institutions.
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:49 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • SIGNATORIES:
    Bob Barr, Member of U.S. Congress (R-GA), 1995-2003; CEO, Liberty Strategies, LLC; the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy, the American Conservative Union, 2003- 2008; Chairman, Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances; Practicing Attorney

    David Keene, Chairman, American Conservative Union; Member, Board of Directors, National Rifle Association

    Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

    *Affiliations are listed for identification purposes and do not imply the endorsement of the organizations with which the signatories are affiliated.
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:49 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • I agree. I see nothing wrong with it. There is already terrorists in federal prison systems, so why would this be any different?

    SRiveroC

    Answer by SRiveroC at 12:56 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • I see nothing wrong with gitmo to begin with but whatever.....As much as I hate them, I rather them be here with limited resources then back in the middle east or some other place that hates Americans with all the resources they want.
    armywife2009101

    Answer by armywife2009101 at 1:11 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • I see nothing wrong with gitmo to begin with but whatever


    The marine that built Gitmo wants it closed. Powell said I wouldn't close Gitmo tomorrow. I'd close it this afternoon......It is a recruiting tool for terrorists even the former top military official in charge under Bush wants it closed

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:14 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • So its a requiting tool for terrorists. Now a fed prison in Illinois will be a rwecruiting tool for terrorists.. What is the difference??
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 1:19 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • So its a requiting tool for terrorists. Now a fed prison in Illinois will be a rwecruiting tool for terrorists.. What is the difference??


    The reason for the recruiting is the abuse that went on there.

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:23 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • YEAH!!! Bring 'em all here so we can eliminate them once and for all!  If BO won't do it, we'll do it for him.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:23 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

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