Drink Your Kool Aid Now – Terror Comes to IL
Why are some politicians so blind? It’s a reasonable question.
One would think that bringing the world’s most heinous terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ~ an island ~ and ushering them to the heartland of the United States where the best people are (yes, I said the BEST! = those with the most uncalloused attitudes and moral values) (this IS my blog, afterall…) and housing them in a previously closed detention center in the middle of Illinois might be a bad idea. Well, if you think that might be a bad idea… You’d be RIGHT!!!
The answer is obvious: the politicians, specifically Governor Quinn, aren’t thinking. How could they? This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of! This isn’t a matter of jobs and economic recovery, it’s one of national security for God’s sake!
A gentleman wrote to the local State Journal-Register about a week ago of how he was a guard at Gitmo. He was so scared that the prisoners knew his home address that he’s had sleep and physical problems ever since being scared to death for his family! These are not simple murderers. These are hellions with no soul that feed on fear, are patient through the decades and grow on the temerity of our politicians’ neglect. These terrorists’ will contact or be contacted with cells in the US, get set up here, and begin organizing more terror in our towns, beginning right in Illinois. The letter writer was right—we should ALL be scared to death and stay the hell away from these demons! Don’t bring them here to house them in prison, and don’t put them on trial in New York! They should go before a military commission right now and be hanged before their next meal.
: : : : : : : Now an ACTION ALERT : : : : : : :
Please call: Durbin’s office in Springfield…(217) 492-4062; Gov. Quinn…(217) 782-0244
Please take the time to respond on Tribune page if possible, see below.
I am heading to DC next week to lobby for a new trial for Michael Behenna, where all the evidence is presented. I will accompany Michael’s mother. I will be in DC on December 2nd and 3rd. Please email to me your letters addressed to Senator Durbin and I will personally deliver them to Durbin’s office before I leave DC. Let’s let him know that we don’t want the Gitmo detainees in our state. If Durbin and Quinn want to utilize the Thomson facility and create jobs, why not take the prisoners from California, they are turning those prisoners out into the streets of California. Perfect place for them is the Thomson facility. California will be safer and Illinoisans will get some jobs!
If Pat Quinn and Senator Durbin want to create jobs by filling up this prison, then take the prisoners from California that are being turned out into the streets of California. The people of the state of Illinois are concerned about the repercussions that will follow from bringing these terrorists to our state. They will be given ACLU lawyers, they will be given a jury of their peers (just think about what a jury of their peers would consist of, the biggest Mosque in this country is in Bridgeview), they will be freed and turned out into our state. Further, I do not want my tax dollars going to defend terrorists who were captured off the battlefields!!!
We have Soldiers who are laying their lives on the line everyday to keep us all safe from these terrorists and now we are going to bring them to our state?!! We have Heroes who have given their lives to keep us all safe and to do this is a slap in the face of every Gold Star Family and every Soldier serving! My Son served 4 deployments in this war on terror and this is a slap in his face and mine! This is a reckless and dangerous proposal and I know the people of Illinois will fight this.
I remind Senator Durbin and Gov Quinn they work for us and it is their DUTY to represent the people of Illinois! If you want to make this facility productive, bring those prisoners from California here!
~ Bev Perlson with Band of Mothers, Illinois
Need Bloggers to respond to Chicago Tribune Article Today (see below):
Thomson prison: State moving to clear decks on possible sale,
Illinois lawmaker wants to speed up federal takeover
By Ray Long
November 27, 2009
SPRINGFIELD – — A key state lawmaker wants to fast-track hearings on the possible sale of the Thomson Correctional Center to the federal government, a move made easier when the Quinn administration filed its recommendation for closing the prison.
Gov. Pat Quinn’s Department of Corrections filed paperwork Wednesday with a legislative oversight commission that must review all major state-facility closings, including the proposed sale of the northwestern Illinois prison, before an administration moves forward.
“Our goal is to have this public hearing by the end of December,” said state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, D- Evanston, who co-chairs the bipartisan review panel and said he wants to act “with all deliberate speed.”
“I support the idea of closing the Thomson facility and negotiating a fair price with the federal government for them to acquire the facility,” Schoenberg said. “The area’s desperate for jobs and this would appear to be a responsible way to boost the local economy.”
Although many Republicans have raised concerns that putting terrorism suspects into the prison would put Illinoisans at risk, Schoenberg dismissed the fears.
“This is not like the ‘Field of Dreams,’ where if you build it, they will come,” Schoenberg said.
From the House Repub. Leader:
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DEFIES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WELCOMES GUANTANAMO TERRORISTS TO THE UNITED STATES
HOUSE GOP’S ‘KEEP TERRORISTS OUT OF AMERICA ACT’ DOES WHAT 75 PERCENT OF AMERICANS WANT: IT KEEPS GUANTANAMO TERRORISTS OUT OF AMERICA
November 16, 2009 | House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH)
All year long, Republicans have asked the Obama Administration this basic question: What is the Administration’s overarching strategy to confront and defeat the terrorist threat? To date, the Obama Administration has refused to answer.
Despite Americans’ strong opposition to importing terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison into the United States, the Obama Administration continues to move forward with their dangerous plans to do so anyway. Over the last three days, the Administration has signaled that it will not only bring 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 conspirators to New York City for trial in civilian federal court, rather than continuing their military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, but it also is proposing to house Guantanamo terrorists at a prison in Illinois. [emphasis mine]
House Republicans from Illinois strongly oppose importing these terrorists – men who have made the destruction of America their central focus – into their state. Politico reports on their efforts to block this move and stand up for the American people:
“Illinois Republicans continued their barrage Monday against moving Guantanamo detainees to their state, unveiling legislation that seeks to slow President Barack Obama’s movement to ship terrorist suspects onto U.S. soil.”
“[Rep. Mark] Kirk – along with Illinois Republican Reps. Peter Roskam, Judy Biggert and Don Mazzulo, Tim Johnson, John Shimkus and Aaron Schock – expressed concern about ‘increased attention from the Jihadist world’ that would be paid to Chicago, including the potential that terrorists would be traveling through O’Hare International Airport en route to visiting the detainees.’”
How will trying these terrorists in civilian court, rather than military tribunals, ensure that justice is done for the families of 9/11 victims? Homeland Security Committee Ranking Republican Peter King (R-NY) explained in a New York Post op-ed why this decision puts the interest of liberal, special-interest groups ahead of safety and security of the American people:
“While it may be hailed by Europeans, the ACLU and the far-left-wing of the Democratic Party, the president’s action actually threatens American lives and weakens US national security.”
“By transferring KSM and four of his fellow conspirators from the impenetrable detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to lower Manhattan, the president creates an enormous, unnecessary terror risk to the people who already live and work downtown.”
The American people are firmly opposed to importing terrorists. According to a Gallup survey released this summer, “By more than 3-1, [those surveyed] oppose moving some of the accused terrorists housed there to prisons in their own states.” A survey from Rasmussen confirmed this report.
In short, both the Gallup and Rasmussen surveys show that 75 percent of Americans want to keep terrorists out of America. That’s why House Republicans have introduced the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act (H.R. 2294), legislation aimed at stopping the importation of terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison by:
• Affirming Congress’ opposition to transferring or releasing terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison into the United States.
• Prohibiting the Administration from transferring or releasing any terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay to any state without express approval from the state’s governor and legislature, and certification to Congress that strict requirements have been met.
• Prohibiting the President from transferring or releasing a terrorist detainee into the United States without fulfilling strict congressional notification and certification requirements.
Where do House Democrats stand on this issue, and will they join with most of the American people and oppose importing these dangerous terrorists? Will they schedule a vote on the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act ? The decisions by the White House are further evidence it is reverting to a dangerous pre-9/11 mentality – treating terrorism as a law enforcement issue and hoping for the best. What America deserves, instead, is a real strategy for fighting and winning the war on America’s terrorist enemies that includes an effective, credible, and consistent plan for all terrorist detainees.
REPUBLICAN LEADER PRESS OFFICE
REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH)
H-204, THE CAPITOL
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