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08-05-2009, 01:31 PM
If it takes shutting down the Senate to block the Obama administration from moving prisoners from Guantánamo Bay to U.S. soil, that’s exactly what some Republican senators plan to do.

Following several reports Aug. 3 that the White House was debating two distinct proposals for dealing with more than 250 prisoners still housed at the detention facility at the U.S. military base in Cuba, senators from various parts of the country pledged to fight any attempt to move the terrorism suspects to the United States, severely complicating President Obama’s plan to close the prison by January.
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One proposal, according to the reports, would be to establish a jail and court complex either at the U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., or at a maximum-security facility in Standish, Mich., that the state is closing. A separate idea would refer the detainees’ cases to federal civilian courts in New York, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

“You can always shut down the Senate by simply putting the Senate in a quorum call and objecting to any unanimous consent to go back to business,” Sen. Pat Roberts , R-Kan., said Tuesday.

Some in the Michigan delegation are open to the idea of housing the detainees in their state but still doubt that any plan could be enacted in time to meet Obama’s time frame for closing Guantánamo.

Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin , D-Mich., said the current restrictions on moving the prisoners to the United States, enacted in the last supplemental funding bill (PL 111-32), would likely remain in effect. “The law is that they’ve got to come up with a plan,” he said. “I doubt that the simple announcement that they’re looking to these possibilities would constitute compliance.”

Similar restrictions are included in several fiscal 2010 bills now moving through Congress, creating a de facto deadline for the White House to present a more detailed plan, Levin said. “It surely has to be there by the end of the fiscal year,” he said.

Disaster to Some, Opportunity to Others erely complicating President Obama's plan to close the prison by January.

The Kansas Republicans held multiple news conferences to drive home the idea that they would do everything they could to prevent detainees from being transferred to their state under any circumstances.

“We will use every legislative opportunity and every parliamentary tool we can to prevent this, maybe even shutting down the Senate,” Roberts said.


08-05-2009, 01:55 PM
The Standish facility in Michigan would work. It's maximum security, it would keep prison jobs in the area, and any foreigners trying to stir up trouble from the outside would stand out in that fairly rural area.

Standish is just north of Bay City. It's the last stretch of farm land before the northern vacation paradise begins.

I have no problem with housing them in Michigan, as long as the state is adequately compensated for the cost of their detention and the detainees are kept in a maximum security prison.

08-05-2009, 02:05 PM
Forgive me but....Compensated by whom?

We have a defense budget that is taking care of these idiots in the facility that was built SPECIFICALLY for this kind of prisoner. We have brave troops guarding these prisoners and maintaining that facility. If the prisoners escape, they have no where to go but in the water, or right into Castro's waiting arms. If they think they have it rough inside GITMO, just wait until they see what communism has done to Cuba.

If they escape from ANY prison within the U.S. - they are then running a-muck inside MY country.