Sunday, January 3, 2010

What are we afraid of?

Gitmo must be closed for two reasons. First, President Obama campaigned on its closure and Second, what happened there and other places around the world is exactly what America doesn't stand for. Similar to Drinking and Driving, Torture and Democracy don't mix. Gitmo is to Terrorist Organizations what Ground Zero is to Americans. A rallying cry for action. Just as we must rebuild on that scared piece of ground in New York, we must close the Gitmo Detention Facility. The symbolism of both speaks volumes to the world.

Bo-Yah! close Gitmo, problem solved right? Wrong, the previous administrations Gitmo cluster fuck means we have to find another option. A Option that is being proposed is a Super Max prison in Illinois, one the Government will purchase and one that will be run by the federal prison system. This option sounds perfectly logical. We will be in charge of the prison population. We will execute the people who need it, and we will have a place to detain the very people who want to harm us. In addition, maybe we can find a cell for Bernie Madoff at this location. O.K. what's the problem? Well, Congress has again decided to play politics with Terror. Funding for the facility in Illinois will likely be postponed until 2011. We can spend billions of dollars to bailout everyone under the sun, but when it comes to our National Security. Who gives a shit, its another way to stop one of President Obama's campaign promises.

If you don't think this is a National Security issue lets look at the attempted attack in the skies over Detroit. As reported by The AP;

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- As a prisoner at Guantanamo, Said Ali al-Shihri said he wanted freedom so he could go home to Saudi Arabia and work at his family's furniture store.Instead, al-Shihri, who was released in 2007 under the Bush administration, is now deputy leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, a group that has claimed responsibility for the Christmas Day attempted bomb attack on a Detroit-bound airliner.

Is anyone surprised by this outcome? Of course not, we most likely torture or humiliate the prisoners, Geneva Convention be damned. Then we turn them over to the Saudi Arabian so-called Government to be rehabilitated. Really? this was your plan Mr. Bush?

The AP goes on to say.

The U.S. has repatriated 120 Saudi detainees from Guantanamo, including some still considered to pose a threat, in part because of confidence the Saudi government can minimize the risk. The Saudi rehabilitation program encourages returning detainees to abandon Islamic extremism and reintegrate into civilian life.

The deprogramming effort -- built on reason, enticements and counseling -- is part of a concerted Saudi government effort to counter extremist ideology. Returning detainees have lengthy talks with psychiatrists, Muslim clerics and sociologists at secure compounds with facilities such as gyms and swimming pools.

What? we were sending them to the Fucking Saudi Betty Ford Clinic for Terror? You have got to be kidding me. Look, America has our share of nut jobs. Serial Killers, Rapists, Gang Bangers, Home Grown Terrorists, and not to mention the Madoff's of the World. What do we do with them? We put them in prison, or we execute them. Lets put that little 23 year old rich kid in the General Population at Jackson Prison outside Detroit. He will be singing like a canary in minutes, that or he will be pulling a shank out his ribs or something worse out of another orifice. It's time to stop treating these terrorists like they are a special kind of criminal, because they are not. Most of them are weak minded individuals who are being preyed upon by ultra conservative clerics with a terrorist agenda. Let's take a page out of Israels book and not go bat shit every time one these idiots try something. Because it is not going to stop, lets lock them up preferably here where we are in control. No more Rehab in Saudi, no more Gitmo cluster fuck, just good old behind bars or death. What are we afraid of?

Rachel Maddow put it best the other day regarding the punk on the Northwest flight.

"You really think this kid can‘t be convicted? You really think we don‘t have enough evidence beyond the—beyond the, I don‘t know, 300 or so eyewitnesses who were on the plane? The fact that we have the weapon that he tried to use? The fact that he confessed? You think that‘s not enough to get this kid convicted? You have that little faith in our criminal justice system? That little faith in the rule of law? You don‘t believe that a supermax federal American prison is capable of holding this kid?

You think it might be cool, instead, to martyr this kid as some impressive soldier, instead of some idiot confused rich kid who couldn‘t even handle blowing up his own junk with a bomb that was secreted in his own underpants? We‘re supposed to take national security advice from you guys? Really?" - Rachel Maddow

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