Let me just tell you, many of us who live in Leavenworth (the town, not the prison) are furious about Congress’ decision to continue the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. to stand trial. (Note to Congress: why send them here when Michigan actually wants them???)
While “the measure does not allow those convicted to be imprisoned in the US nor permit those cleared to stay”, the U.S. Supreme Court is about to have a show down with the administration over detention of individuals the courts do not consider threats.
So, what’s an administration to do? Here’s my prediction: DOJ lawyers will file charges then drag out the trials as long as possible to keep suspected terrorists imprisoned. And where will they be held? Here in the US, of course. Oh, wait… that’s already happening!
Sen. Dick Durbin justifies the decision by saying that Gitmo has “become a recruiting tool for al-Qaeda”. Considering how long criminal trials tend to drag out (see above), all that Congress has accomplished is relocating al-Qaeda’s recruiting tool onto U.S. soil where, let’s face it, their activities will be cloaked under claims of rights to free association and speech.