March 3, 2009, - 1:32 pm

Where Are We Gonna Put ‘Em?: Even Leavenworth Says NIMBY to Gitmo Terrorists

By Debbie Schlussel
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I’m not sure why everyone’s so afraid of housing the Guantanamo Bay Islamic terrorists after they’re released by the saintly Barack Obamessiah from the beachside dwellings.
You see, these are just innocent men of the “Religion of Peace” who like to write poetry, read Harry Potter, lounge on La-Z-Boys, and were wrongly accused. Right? I mean that’s what we’re being told and have been told for years. And, presumably, all these people who don’t want them in their neighborhoods must have agreed with the Obama view of the terrorists when they voted for him. Or maybe they just couldn’t be bothered to make sure their views and Obama’s jibed. And, after all, the Republicans gave us a candidate who wanted to shut down Gitmo, too. So, it wasn’t a selling point.
Now, at least four state legislatures–Indiana, California, South Carolina, and Texas–have passed laws prohibiting these peaceful men of the Mohammedan faith from entering their states. And three separate bills in the U.S. Congress seek to bar Gitmo detainees from prisons in certain states or deny funding for them in any federal prison.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Why all the fuss, if these are such innocent men?
Why won’t the nice people of Leavenworth, Kansas–who have far more hardened criminals than these nice, gentlemanly Al-Qaeda bodyguards and Taliban explosives technicians–let these poor, downtrodden men in? I don’t get it. These people are harmless, cute, and cuddly, with their natural Persian rug chest hair sweaters and charming scowls no different than that of our own Oscar winners. And that nice book that really doesn’t say to kill non-Muslims . . . in the carefully edited English translation.

Leavenworth residents are bristling over idea of Gitmo transplants
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. – Mayor Lisa Weakley can’t think of a single good reason the federal government should transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the Army’s Fort Leavenworth in this city of 35,000.
She can, however, list many reasons why this community – even though it’s famed for its prisons and has the Defense Department’s only maximum-security facility – should not be their next home, starting with worries about the threat of terrorism.
“Is it really a bad thing not to want it in your backyard if you’ve got a really good, solid explanation?” she asks. “We have geographical challenges, security concerns and economic concerns. These are different types of prisoners than we’re used to.”
President Obama fulfilled a campaign pledge when he signed an executive order Jan. 22 requiring the closure of Guantanamo within a year. Detainees who can’t be released, returned home or sent to another country will be moved to a U.S. detention facility. Pentagon officials studying potential destinations have visited Fort Leavenworth, the Navy brig in North Charleston, S.C., and Camp Pendleton in California.
The Kansas Legislature, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and the state’s U.S. senators all object to sending them here.

Hmmm . . . the same Sebelius who supported and campaigned for Obama and just took a cabinet appointment in his administration. Anyone see the disconnect?

It’s almost impossible to find anyone here who thinks it’s a good idea. “Nobody wants them here,” says Mo Jones, 32, who owns Mo-Cuts Barbershop across Metropolitan Street from Fort Leavenworth. “We know their history. They’re terrorists.”

Ya think? Who’d you vote for, Mo?

Curtis Hammond, 56, who worked at the federal penitentiary here for 20 years, worries detainees would instill in American prisoners “their ways of thinking and their religious beliefs.”

But wait, I thought their religion was the “Religion of Peace.” They’d never behead or honor kill anyone. Fly planes into buildings? Boy, you have a great imagination. Would never happen.

Mike Martinez, 60, a manager for an area company, says, “If they can’t be charged with something and tried, they ought to let them go.”

Yeah, I don’t need to ask for whom this genius voted.

Phil Urban would like the detainees to stay at Guantanamo. “If we do bring them here on U.S. soil, that changes their legal status,” which might result in their release. If they have to be relocated, though, says Urban, 62, a music store owner, “Fort Leavenworth can handle them as good as anybody else.”

Whoa. Someone actually gets it. Sounds like an “Evil Zionist Empire” card holder to me.

Attorney General Eric Holder heads a task force that is studying the status of the more than 200 detainees. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd says it’s “far too early” to know what it will advise.

Ha, he was the incompetent Julie Myers’ spokesman at ICE before he graduated to “Americans are cowards” man.

A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Jan. 30-Feb. 1 found that half of Americans disapproved of Obama’s decision to close the Guantanamo prison; 44% approved.

Where’s the Gallup Poll on how many of ’em voted for liberals in Congress?

Fort Leavenworth abuts the northern edge of Leavenworth and is more like an extension of the community than a separate place. Anyone can drive onto the 8-square-mile post after showing a driver’s license and a vehicle security check.
Easy access to the fort would end if Guantanamo detainees end up there, says Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens. He worries the town could become a target of terrorists angry about detainees’ imprisonment. “Terrorists don’t target military installations. They target local populations,” Kitchens says. He has 66 police officers and figures he’d need more if detainees end up here.
Securing the fort could be a challenge. The Missouri River is its eastern border. Railroad tracks on fort property are used by about 50 coal and freight trains a day. The city leases part of the fort’s airport for use by private planes.
Steve Jack of the Leavenworth County Development Corp., warns that if detainees come here, some countries might refuse to send officers to the Command and General Staff College, ending a valuable cultural exchange and eliminating diplomatic allies for the nation.

I repeat the same question: For whom did Lisa Weakley, Mo Jones, and the rest of the “Islamophobe whiners” in this article vote? ‘Cuz that’s how the Democratic party views you–as Islamophobe whiners. And I’m not just talking President. Like I said, there wasn’t much choice on this issue atop the ballot. But how much you wanna bet they pulled the D lever all the way, voting down the line for the end of Gitmo?
“Not In My Back Yard”? People, you welcomed it in your front door by giving liberals a clean sweep of Congress in November. Don’t blame it on anyone but the image in your mirror when terrorists start boarding in your hood.
I can’t wait to see Ahmed and Mohammed, formerly of Gitmo, hanging at the Leavenworth franchise of Khalid’s Falafel Hut. I mean, this is what America is all about, right?
The land of opportunity . . . no matter how many people you planned to blow up.
**** UPDATE–Reader Sean writes:

Just thought I’d let you know that I COMPLETELY agree with the Mayor of Leavenworth, KS. My wife and I lived there for 3 years, and both of our sons were born at St. John’s Hospital right there in town. The post itself is a bucolic, historical place. Aside from the military prison, it is home to the Army’s Command and General Staff College and the Combined Arms Command. The town of Leavenworth itself if more like Mayberry RFD than something you’d see near DC or the Pentagon. And I mean that in a good way. Moving the terrorists there will not only make the post a nightmare for access AND a target for terrorists, it will be a collecting spot for every Code Pink nut-job and Sean Penn wanna-be who want to protest how “evil” we are for holding these guys. It would ruin the post, the town, and probably the surrounding towns like Lansing and Platte City, MO which would become staging areas for these nuts.
But that’s probably okay with the folks in DC and Chicago and LA. After all, Kansas is “flyover country.”

Well, of course, I agree with her, too. I just wonder where all these people were during the Presidential campaign, voicing these concerns to the two major party nominees bent on closing down Gitmo.

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15 Responses

I don’t get liberals at all. They say we should be nice and understanding towards Islamists! Except when it comes to putting them up in their communities!
Where their own security is concerned, they’re suddenly not so tolerant of “The Other.” So much for building bridges and holding hands and singing “kumbaya” around the campfire.

NormanF on March 3, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Isn’t it time for Congressman Murtha to stand up and take all the Gitmo terrorist into his state like he said he would?

KrazyKafir on March 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Debbie, if Colorado’s idiot Democrat Governor, Bill Ritter, gets his way, those muslim pukes just might be held in Colorado’s “Super Max” Federal prison in Florence, Colorado. Ritter’s spokesman, Evan Dreyer, said; “If Supermax is chosen, there’s no reason to take a ‘not in my backyard’ approach.”
In fact, Ritter himself went on television news to say he would be happy to have the Religion of Peace terrorists here in Colorado. Ritter bragged that “Supermax” was built for “just that type of high-risk inmate”.
I’m just thrilled to death.

Rocky on March 3, 2009 at 4:36 pm

I think the Republicans in Congress should start a bill to only send the inmates to districts where the Congressman wants to close down Gitmo.
We should send the inmates to the liberal areas of America. Fort Leavensworth is a conservative area of Kansas, so it shouldn’t be the place where these inmates go. The people there didn’t want to close Gitmo. It is in the Kansas City metro area, and the liberals downtown there are the ones voting for the liberals that want to close down Gitmo.
Likewise, Quantico, Virginia is a conservative area of Virginia, and this is another place liberals have talked about sending inmates.
These inmates should only go into liberal districts.

Gabe on March 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm

I think the folks around Leavenworth are understandably concerned. After all, it should be clear that the evil George Bush has caused these gentle, angelic innocents to morph into crazed mass murderers. There’s nothing in islam that would make people want to strap shrapnel-filled bombs to themselves and kill kuffar, right?

MLMOON on March 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Someone needs to start a grassroots movement to get our human rights laws changed so theyre not used against us as they are in eurabia.

Evangeline on March 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm

How about putting ’em in condos in New York’s Freedom Tower? And if they can’t afford the rent, we’ll just bail ’em out? It’s the new American way!

barrypopik on March 3, 2009 at 8:29 pm

The gitmo detainees won’t be a danger to the communty until they are released from custody. The security around the sites they may be moved to is adequate to keep the detainees in, and any potential terrorists out. The danger from the detainees will come in two forms.
A) Detainees using the US weak and stupid legal system as a weapon against the US. The detainees will be suing everyone from the correction officer who hands them thier food tray all the way up to the commander in chief. The detainees at gitmo already act like some scummy US prisoners do, throwing feces, spitting at and stabbing prison staff and making false accusations. And this behavior will get worse when these detainees have more access to the US courts and the liberal media.
B) The detainees will continue killing US and European citizens and Israelis when they are released, no matter what country they are sent to.
The people currently running the United States of America do not have the balls or the brains to deal with this problem properly, so we can expect it to get much worse before it gets better.

rtaylor174 on March 3, 2009 at 8:36 pm

I don’t see anyone calling these guys innocent, I guess they have been found guilty somewhere and I just missed it. If they did what they are accused of then try them and execute them. What are you afraid of?

gnrnin on March 3, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Never fear — the ACLU and other terrorist-support organizations will bring suit against these states, just as they do whenever these states take action against depraved groups in our society or illegal aliens (excuse the overlap). Will the states also get stuck paying for these terrorists to eat their expensive meals? If we keep them alive (which could only be justified if we think we may be able to get information from them), we should give them bread and water, not the fancy diet and facilities they get at Guantanamo.

c f on March 4, 2009 at 2:57 am

One really wonders why they are closing Guantanamo. The LIB complaint NEVER EVER had anything to do with the facility or the staff. Their complaint was that the facility was not accountable to the norms of the U.S. legal system.
That seems easy enough to fix and the inmates can stay right there without causing any of this fuss. We have the facility. We have the staff.
The only reason President O’Bama ordered the closing of Guantanamo was to “make a statement”; an in yer face partisan statement, thus proving that nothing has changed and there is no hope for bi-partisan politics.

There is NO Santa Claus on March 4, 2009 at 8:22 am

Great job leftist scumbags!
GITMO is probably going to be placed on the BRAC list; Obama would want to send olive branches to all those potential future Cuban voters.
Quantico would be an EXCELLENT place to put the Skuzzies; out near the K Ranges at Weapons Training Battalion (WTB)-near the FBI Academy. This way, TEDAC would have ALL those AQ bomb fabricators nearby to study and profile, the FBI Psycologist could learn more about what REALLY makes those wackjobs tick (it’s a religion thing, they wouldn’t understand), and then when ALL the handwringers have used up all their psy funding the USMC could have Abdul al Falujah go to pull targets in the butts on the K ranges (and all those new TBS students could really get to know their “enemy.”) Not to mention, all of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Ballston Commons friends and relatives would be a 30 minute drive away from all their cousins, and all those Saudi and UAE Diplomats and staffers could use MORE of our tax dollars to “keep it real.”
Here’s the biggest fix of all (at least to me); completely follow the Law of Armed Conflict and Geneva Convention to the letter-summarily execute any, and all, non-uniformed enemy combatants. Four Marines could quickly solve ALL of this pussyfooting around (2 gunners and 2 Aide gunners).
Funny thing though, the Skuzzies see the ENTIRE Western world as pussies BECAUSE we’re showing “compassion.”
Hell, even Mohammed hated hypocrits.

SickBoy on March 4, 2009 at 11:12 am

Since I heard that BO wants to close Gitmo I have said repeatedly that they should move these animals into their neighborhoods. It disgusts me that CA who so strongly supported BO should turn their back on these prisoners. Why not put them up in Hollywood. I am sure they can add some improvements. Send them to Beverly Hills. Put them in Barbara Streisand’s house or with Sean Penn. They all deserve what they voted for; let them live with it.

Leah on March 5, 2009 at 12:44 am

Where to put them???
Radley Balko (agitator.com) ran a photo of a caribou frozen in mid-stride in an especially isolated area of Alaska. That’s where to put them! Even if the terrorists escaped from the prison, they would be faced with Alaska’s climate and terrain, and they would be a long way from anyplace they could terrorize.
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chsw on March 5, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Please leave Murtha out of it! I can understand and appreciate those who say that he deserves them, but I live in Western Pennsylvania and even though I’m not even in his district (we ended up with Dahlkemper, just as bad) I donated money to his opponent, and was closely watching the race on election day! Murtha does not speak for all of us! In fact, most of us here hate his guts!
Something to consider: it’s possible that the detainees will suffer the same fate as Jeffrey Dahmer and other child rapists in an American prison. I can certainly picture that happening, and wouldn’t it be a shame?

Hilltopbabe on March 6, 2009 at 3:40 pm

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