Posts Tagged ‘detainees’

Eric Holder’s Smart Move

October 8, 2009

I saw an interesting article about Eric Holder and how he plans to convince Congress that bringing detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States for trial and/or detainment.

Now, I have to say I’m on Eric Holder’s side. It seems ridiculous to me (and a little selfish) that we as a country want to lock up these people who pose a threat to our nation, BUT don’t want to have them in our country. Doesn’t that make any sense!

With Congress passing this new ‘restriction’ on Gitmo detainees and several localities and states across the country adding their names to the list of “I don’t want THOSE people near my home,” it’s going to be pretty hard for Obama or Holder to push to get Gitmo closed within a year (which at this point they’re saying will be delayed).

One big mistake I think they made was announcing a deadline- while it was politically expedient at the time to create a deadline, in the end it wasn’t realistic and wound up putting the AG’s office and the White House between a rock and a hard spot.

In the end, the detainees have to go somewhere and I feel like the US should take its fair share of the prisoners; we can’t just send all of them off to other countries.