Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement on January 22, 2009 in response to President Obama's executive orders to close Guantanamo. It reads as follows:
"President Obama's executive orders closing the detention facility at Guantanamo, expanding the coverage of the interrogation practices permitted by the Army Field Manual, and initiating reviews of detention and interrogation policies will ensure that terrorist suspects held by the United States are treated in ways consistent with our laws and our values.
"The President's deliberate and responsible approach will make the American people safer by improving the quality of intelligence, and begin to restore the standing of the United States in the eyes of the world. By addressing these difficult issues quickly and directly, President Obama has served notice that he understands the concerns of military and intelligence professionals that past practices had hurt, rather than advanced, international efforts to combat terrorism."
This is just too delicious to pass up. Republicans who know all too well the major flaws in that penned order have come up with, at first glance, a seemingly mean spirited proposal...yet one with sound logic. Their suggestion is to send the detainees to Pelosi's San Francisco district...WELCOME TO ALCATRAZ! This is sheer genius for several reasons. (1) Take a tour online at the following website: www.AlcatrazHistory.com According to the web tour "From the mid 1930's until the mid 1960's, Alcatraz was America 's premier maximum-security prison, the final stop for the nation's most incorrigible inmates." The terrorists we choose not to release certainly fit that description. (2) Revisiting her earlier words,"initiating reviews of detention and interrogation policies will ensure that terrorist suspects held by the United States are treated in ways consistent with our laws and our values." I like it! Who better to keep vigil over the detainees than Nancy Pelosi and the liberals who so want to believe that they have all of the answers. (3.) Cha-ching! It is an isolated area which would require fewer taxpayer dollars to renovate than to build something from scratch. That is unless they are going to go for resort standard bedding and services. (4.) Bill Young (Republican Rep.) suggested that the unreleaseable prisoners could be "put up" in this former military installation/prison. It could once again have a dual function...military space and prison place. Evidently Senator Pelosi was not amused and couldn't find the words fast enough to say, "NO!" Well, I say,"Yes!" These are tough times and everyone is going to have to do their part...you know...not whine. Alcatraz is now a tourist attraction (your words, Ms. Pelosi). Surely national security takes precedence over your "interesting places to visit" catagory. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the location was "very secure". Look, we have 245 remaining detainees left at Guantanamo and in less than a year some of them are going to need a home due to President Obama implementing orders without a plan. If Pelosi thinks President Obama's plan was "brilliant" and "wise" let her house the terrorists in her home state...It'll only be for a year, right?
Note: Leading by example is easier to do when the task is a pleasant one.
May God bless America...and may America deserve it!
Zanne Booker 01-27-09