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January 25, 2009

Should the GITMO prisoners go to Alcatraz?

Alcatraz Not surprisingly, the President's order to close GITMO has everyone talking about where the prisoners now held there will be sent.  This Denver Post article, for example, reports on buzz already surrounding the the possibility that the GITMO detainees might be sent to the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

I think there is a pretty good chance that at least some of the GITMO detainees will end up in a federal supermax prison.  But I was joyfully gobsmacked when on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this morning House Minority Leader John Boehner suggested we send them to Alcatraz.

As revealed in this official website, right now Alcatraz Island is a national park.  But as detailed in official and unofficial websites, the colorful and dynamic history of Alcatraz (not to mention its secure location) makes it perhaps the most fitting locale for the next chapter of the war on terror.

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"not to mention its secure location"

unlike supermax, alcatraz actually had one (successful?) escape. see the movie "escape from Alcatraz" with clint eastwood.

Posted by: | Jan 25, 2009 1:42:08 PM

Nice idea, but the amount of renovation work that would be required is more than enough reason to dismiss this fantasy. Not to mention the turf wars of turning a national park back into a working prison.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Jan 25, 2009 4:43:55 PM

If Boehner was smoking something then I could understand the genesis of his suggestion. I guess he is just that out of touch.

Makes me question why I am a registered Republican.

Posted by: ky | Jan 25, 2009 9:12:24 PM

KY, He is just making a political point to the little people. Little people need to understand any issues because it would just make their little brains hurt.

Posted by: S.cotus | Jan 26, 2009 11:12:36 AM

send them to fedral prisons
let how bad these terriosts are

when there felt up by white men in alcatrez

Posted by: matthewyoung | May 11, 2009 3:44:35 AM

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