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Bringing Guantanamo to America

May 25, 2009

Some of those opposed to closing Guantanamo and bringing its inhabitants to American soil cite the inability of our prison system to absorb the hardened criminals held there. Putting aside, for a moment, that there are few, if any, prisoners at Guantanamo who have been convicted of a crime, (one source indicates only three out of 775), congressional opponents have been arguing that our nation will be in danger if we must find a place here for Guantanamo’s inhabitants. A rebuttal:

Thirty-three international terrorists, many with ties to al-Qaeda, reside in a single federal prison in Florence, Colo., with little public notice. Detained in the supermax facility in Colorado are Ramzi Yousef, who headed the group that carried out the first bombing of the World Trade Center in February 1993; Zacarias Moussaoui, convicted of conspiring in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001; Ahmed Ressam, of the Dec. 31, 1999, Los Angeles airport millennium attack plots; Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, conspirator in several plots, including one to assassinate President George W. Bush; and Wadih el-Hage, convicted of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. –“Supermax Prisons in U.S. Already Hold Terrorists,” Carrie Johnson and Walter Pincus, The Washington Post

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