Friday, April 24, 2009

Not doing our bit

Maybe it's just me, but Max Baucus' response to the idea of putting Guantanamo detainees in the vacant prison in Hardin seems unusually dumb:
My number one job is to keep Montanans safe, and bringing terrorists into our state is a clear and present danger to everyone who lives here. I understand the need to create jobs, but we’re not going to bring Al-Qaeda to Big Sky Country – no way, not on my watch.

Look, either it is safe to put prisoners in the Hardin prison or not. If it is not, then nobody should be put there -- not Guantanamo transfers, not pickpockets, nobody. But if it is safe, then why shouldn't Montana do its bit to help the country (and make a little money at it)?

Maybe these guys are, as Baucus says, "some of the most dangerous people in the world." But they aren't dangerous because they have plans to fly airplanes into the Crowne Plaza. Should they be brought here, and should they escape, they would still have a long ways to go to get anywhere they would want to be.

(Don't mean to just pick on Baucus, but I haven't yet seen responses from Tester or Rehberg.)


Ken & Carol said...

Dittos, David.

Anonymous said...

The Dems should welcome the idea of bringing them here -

after all, according to them, these prisoners are simply misguided innocents, who were dragged away from their mosque and tortured, right?

David said...

Eric, Please name a Democrat who ever said that.

MTSentinel said...

No prison is 100% escape-proof, and when a pickpocket or murderer escapes they don't tend to seek out the best way to kill as many civilians as they can.

Anonymous said...

Here's a good start for you -

Anonymous said...

I dont understand why colse one prison to open another one.? It does not make any sense to me.Why not put them in a military prison elses where or the federal pen.?