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Durbin has no objection to Guantanamo detainees in a "supermax" Illinois prison

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WASHINGTON--Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday he would have no problem housing alleged terrorists now at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba in an Illinois prison.

Durbin told NBC's "Meet the Press" host David Gregory, "Well, I'd be OK with them in a supermax facility, because we've never had an escape from one. And as I said, we have over 340 convicted terrorists now being held safely in our prisons. I just don't hear anyone suggesting releasing them or sending them to another country. That isn't part of the prospect that we have before us."

Earlier this week, Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) told me he has no problem housing Gitmo detainees in Illinois. There is a federal high security facility in downstate Marion, Illinois.

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Well, as a resident of Illinois, I might have a problem with Gitmo detainees being placed in Illinois.

Dick Durbin was duly elected to represent the people of Illinois, and I don't recall him asking any of us how we feel.

Before announcing the closure of Gitmo, Obama should have had a plan in place for the detainees.

Assuming that Pres Obama has not already promised Sen Durbin that no terrorists will be moved to IL...

It is not just about highly trained terrorists escaping. It is about terrorists recruiting the prison population, many already sympathetic to Islam, (eg Jose Padilla & the 'Shoe Bomber).

It is about Jihadists taking over parts of the Prison system as gangs currently have. It is about the staging of political demonstrations & violent seizures of Cell Blocks & the taking of hostages, (eg Communist POW's in the Korean War,& Attica).

It is about doing harm to Prison Guards, as enemy combatants attempt every day at Gitmo. (And if my memory serves, an untrained white supremacist gangster was able to murder a guard at the IL facility). It is about subjecting guards & their families to intimidation, if they do not do as they say.

In short, it is about terrorists using every opportunity to take the offensive against the US Justice system that was never designed for POW's & especially ununiformed, civilian murdering terrorists, who answer to no political authority.

This is all thanks to a slim majority of the Supreme Court, that "soundly",(5-4), overturned precedent, including their own, to apply Constitutional protections to non-citizen, non-POW's.

THOSE GUYS AREN'T COMING TO ILLINOIS, A TRUE
SUPERMAXX PRISON, IS ONE WITH NO HUMAN CONTACT,
THE PRISON IN ILLINOIS DOESN'T QUALIFY AS A
SUPERMAXX PRISON, THE ONE IN COLORADO IS A DOOZY!
THE BOTTOM LINE IS OTHER COUNTRIES NEED TO STEP
UP OR STEP OFF!
THEY TAKE OUR MONEY BUT THEY WON'T ADHERE TO OUR
REQUEST, THEN THEY MUST GET CUT OFF!

Everyone knows that we already have terrorists in our prisons already. This hold thing is nothing but fake outrage by Republicans, and showed most of the Democrates as nothing but a bunch of scared chicken S----. I applaud Sen. Durbin for the you know what to stand up!

Well, Senators, the people of Illinois may have a problem with enemy combatants coming to live in our prisons. One - these prisoners were captured on foreign battlefields - they are not provided protections afforded by our Constitution. Bringing them here will allow radical Liberal lawyers (redundant, I know) to start suing on behalf of these militants. Two - our prisons are breeding grounds for Islamic fundamentalists - they will recruit and brainwash our current prisoners into being radical Islamic militants.

Why can't Ms. Sweet ask about these simple concepts instead of just regurgitating what the good Senators tell her to say?

Thanks for the OK Dick and Roland, but I must be missing the point here. Should we worry that if Gitmo detainees are locked up in Marion, Al Queda will fly a copter in to spring em out? Last time that happened everyone died. What's the point of your post Lynn?

Why not move the Mooooooooslims to the MASS Cape, or the East Hamptons in NY? Dems love new Democrat voters.

SuperMax? There is only one real SuperMax Prison anymore and its in Florence Colorado and is considered a torture worse than any Gitmo residents are presently receiving---so what exactly is the reason we're doing this again?

Marion Il where JOhn Gotti was housed is not a SuperMax by definition Durbin. Florence Colorado is the only one anymore.

Though Marion is about as bad in a torturous way as the one in Florence is. So I guess Durbin does in fact want cruel and unusual punishment, only he wants it carried out in his home state.

dump this nazi loving Durbin once and for All, the guys a permament politician not watching out for any he is paid to serve and represent.

Come on Lynn,

This is precisely why this terrorism debate is one of the dumbest political exchanges we've had in years. President Obama said he knows the potential of this nonsense becoming 30 second campaign hate ads by the nonsense republican party.

I can see it now: "Dick Durbin does not care about your children!"

Count me in for a vote of common sense. Put them all in a regular prison here for all I care, and give them fair trials. In a few months we will all move on to the next story of idiocy.

EVERYONE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND A SUPERMAX FACILITY IS NOT A BREEDING GROUND FOR MUSLIM RECRUITS. A NORMAL PRISON YES, BUT NOT A SUPERMAX. YOU DON'T INTERACT WITH FELLOW PRISONERS AT A SUPERMAX. SO, FOR ALL OF YOU REPUBLICANS THINKING THAT PREVIOUS TERRORISTS LEARNED THERE MUSLIM WAYS IN PRISONS YOUR WRONG IF YOU APPLY THAT TO ALL PRISONS. THE DEMS WANT THEM TO GOTO SUPERMAX FACILITY'S NOT "NORMAL PRISONS".

Yes, maybe Dick Durbin should discuss this issue with the people that elected him before he volunteers Illinois to take these terrorists. Everyone is screaming about the constitution, human rights, etc. Since when should terrorists that kill innocent victims be given the same rights as the rest of us? Give me a break. I know I don't want my tax dollars used to defend terrorists.

Dick Durban is merely a prostitute for the wacky democratic party. Obama can promote cannibalism and Dick Durban would immiediately announce his favorite Illinois recipie for human brain stew.

Let the government put the Gitmo detainees in ANY high-security prison...and be sure to put them in General Population...that will probably save us taxpayers a little CA$H because I feel that the hardened criminals that are already inmates there will have a hayday with the terrorists. Call it REVERSE-TERRORISM on the terrorists themselves...i'd pay good money to watch the paybacks on the slime that attacked our country.....

DEAR MOE
YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN YELLING LIKE THIS WHEN
THE GUY WHO TOOK THE WEEKENDS OFF WAS IN POWER!
GITMO MUST GO AND WE ALL KNOW!
DON'T LAY THE HEAT ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION,
LAY IT WHERE IT SHOULD BE WITH CHENEY AND THE
MINIONS!
AS YOU SEE, CHENEY WAS THE ONE CALLING THE SHOTS
IN THE FIRST PLACE!
NOW HE WANTS TO BE A MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK
HE SHOULD GET OFF THE FIELD!

I think that everyone needs to start calling these people in Gitmo "SUSPECTED terrorist" because they have had no trial (after seven years!!) and therefore are not proven guilty. In fact, many have been released over the years as innocent. Google "Binyam Mohamed" as a start.
I can understand how many people fear the craziness of these prisoners -- after all, America MADE them this way. How would you like to be tortured for seven years? I bet you'd be pretty mad, and a little crazy too. Shouldn't we fix the problems we've made?
Bring 'em here. We can hold them safely. Give them the justice they deserve -- a trial, not torture.

I applaud Senator Durbin and as a resident of NY, I applaud the Obama Administration for bringing the detainees to NYC to stand trail. If NY would be chosen as a place to house these people, then bring them here as well.

Had Timothy McVey not been put to death, he would be in a prison here in the USA just as his terrorist partner Terry Nichols is. (These two are our own white boy Christian home grown terrorists) And let's not forget all the mass murderers and serial killers. So, we can easily hold these Gitmo folks in our prisons. Wake up and stop the nonsense.

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