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December 15th, 2009
07:07 AM ET

Gitmo Detainees in Your Backyard?

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Richard Durbin head to the White House today. They’ll firm up plans to move about 100 Guantanamo detainees to the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois. The deal could provide up to 2,000 jobs and up to $1 billion in federal money to the area.

Our question: would you want Guantanamo detainees moved to prisons near your home?


Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Eric from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    Heidi,
    As a Homeland Security Graduate Student, I really believe this is a mistake. When it comes to the security of the United States we need to put the American People first . I realize the economy is bad and jobs are needed, but we need to really examine this option of bringing terrorists to American soil. We are in debt to our eyeballs and now we have to spend more money to cover this situation. We need to act responsibly in our decision making by carefully evaluating options and dangers associated with it. For once we need to work with other countries to share in this burden of dealing with terrorism. This is not a US problem alone but a global one as well. Need I remind 9-11 was an attack on the world and not just on the United States.

    December 15, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  2. Eric from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    No.
    I would expect my government and through it the DHS to put my safety first. Our nation should work with its allies to deal and fund this situation equally. Why does the US have to be the only country to deal and house these terrorists? We always seem to pick up the tab and responsibility for all the bad elements in the world. We are broke, need help ourselves on many fronts and other countries need to step up to the plate to seriously deal with this issue with us as partners. They always talk the talk but never seem to completely walk the walk when it comes to dealing and fighting terrorism as our partners off the battlefield.

    December 15, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  3. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    This is a country known for its concentration camps such as with Germany and Japan but people seem to fear modern day war criminals then the later the real fact is the American citizen has no say so as to where they go this decision lay's with our fearless leader .

    December 15, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  4. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    What worry's me is the changing of the guard from millitary to civil with the American rights that come along with it such as visitation and paroll that's just a couple of things among other squeek's to this idea.

    December 15, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  5. Thornton

    Heidi, I think the recall is overkill (probably not good choice of words)! I think it is very appropriate to issue the warning and recommendations how parents can avoid this problem. An easy remedy is a cup hook or similar highup by the side of the window where you can hang the cord out of reach of the baby. Of course parental presence is also required for young babies and should be a given.
    Thornton

    December 15, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  6. Don Schara

    Recalls: I think there should be reacalls, However where are the parents and supervision for children today. When do they need to be responsible for their children. Seems to lack in todays society.

    December 15, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  7. Mike

    I think Sen Boehner is the biggest threat to this country based upon every interview that I see him in. Does this man have the word Yes or OK or good idea or yes let's do this for the people.

    At least we will know were the Terrorist are when we move them to Thomson, Ill.

    He won't vote for the money to move the detainies, He won't vote on a public option to insure Millions of Americans, Poor people that are unemployed like the one's in his state of Ohio have no representation.

    He's out of touch like everybody else I see in Washington.
    I will be more active in politics from now on. They just didn't get the message last November did they. No more sitting on the fence people, It's time to earn your keep and make sonme hard decisions.

    It's time for Term Limits America

    December 15, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  8. Mike

    I don't think they have super powers do they? Let's not make them more than they are people. Just human being Mis guided and Hatefu

    They are not any smarter than Timothy McVeigh or Yousef Ramsey.

    America we are the home of the fre and the land of the brave.

    We Need jobs? Ok

    We need to know were the enemy is? Ok

    We need to take back our moral high ground? Ok

    December 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  9. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Lets all remember who's butts are on the line for this project incase it back fires.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  10. A. Smith, Oregon

    This is strictly political favoritism. With all of the rampant crime and violence in Chicago, it makes sense to have a Supermax prison there. And with the amount of unemployment it makes a certain amount of sense for taxpayers to put it to use.

    Montana also has a empty Supermax prison that should be considered for Gitmo prisoners after they are convicted of crimes in American courts.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  11. Daffy Duck

    Just another political stunt by the left wing of the dem party. This move is senseless and will result in more terror acts on our soil. I contend this is deliberate as it will give this administration more of an excuse to deal more harshly with home grown terrorists. If you did not like the patriot act wait til you see what these folks have in store for you.

    December 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  12. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    It's a dang shame we just dont bring the whole middle east over here and put them in American prisons we might as well corner the market on detainees since its the only way we can save our market great ideal we can become the next escape from New York lets tell Snake Palisky hes got a new movie to make Escape From America.

    December 16, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  13. A. Smith, Oregon

    As Muslims across America decide they individually want to become faithful and follow the dutys and obligations of their faith, America is going to need far more SuperMax prisons to lock those Muslims up.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  14. mike sey

    Gosh oh Golly, the US must be in a pretty fragile state if it is terrified by
    hhaving a couple of hundred 'terrorists' lodged in one of its maximum security prisons. American 's belief in their trial system and belief in human rights can't be worth very much if extending them to a group of non-citizens makes them weak kneed from fear.

    Isn't it about time Americans had the courage to live up to their claim to exceptional values and to the self-proclaimed title, the Greatest nation/democracy on earth?

    December 17, 2009 at 2:32 pm |

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