20 May 2009

Senate Blocks Obama's Gitmo Plan

By a vote of 90 to 6, the United States Senate voted to block a funding request by President Obama that would close the shameful military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The six brave "no" votes belonged to Sens. Durbin (D-IL), Harkin (D-IA), Leahy (D-VT), Levin (D-MI), Reed (D-RI), and Whitehouse (D-RI).

Sen. Durbin:
...you ought to have a little more respect for the men and women who are corrections officers and put their lives on the line every single day to keep us safe and to make sure that those who are dangerous are detained and incarcerated. The reality is that we’re holding some of the most dangerous terrorists in the world right now in our federal prisons, including the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the shoe bomber, the Unibomber, and many others.
Josh Marshall expands on that thought:
C'mon! I'm assuming these guys aren't going to be deposited at the county jail in Baltimore or Baton Rouge. We've got an incredibly secure and incredibly hellish Super Max facility in Florence, Colorado. And it seems clear that that's where these guys would end up. (That's where Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, now resides, along with a bunch of other high-profile terrorists.) So can't we at least stop [senators] from Texas and Idaho from pretending these guys are coming to their state?
Chicken shits, all ninety of 'em.