Part of an actual conversation about using Thomson prison in Illinois for terrorist suspects….
“Well, it’ll get ugly when the families start moving here,” he said.
“What families?” I asked.
“Of them…of the guys.”
“Of the detainees?”
“It’s happened before,” he said.
“The families of the Gitmo detainees will move…from Pakistan…to Thomson?” I asked, incredulous.
This was his entire argument. Nary a thought that most Pakistani families, terrorist related or not, can’t afford indoor plumbing, much less the cost of a 7,000 mile move, or that families of anyone considered a terrorist and held at Gitmo are probably on a list somewhere and thus banned from entering the U.S. This is why terrorist suspects can’t be moved to Illinois…because the families will start moving in. Damn them! As a clever cover, they’ll buy houses and go to school and trim the lawns in the summer. And three times a week, they’ll go to the little ol’ prison at the end of the street to visit their family member…and plot to blow our shit up!
Look, there might well be legitimate arguments for not bringing Gitmo detainees to the U.S., but this heaping, steaming pile of crap ain’t it.