Gitmo prisoners may resist transfer to Illinois

posted at 2:20 pm on January 7, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

What’s worse — living in a secure facility in the tropics where some reasonable social interaction exists, or living in a Supermax facility in icy weather under almost-constant constant lockdown?  Mark Hemingway notices a key tidbit in a report on Gitmo from Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff that suggests the Gitmo detainees may sue to stay right where they’re at:

But the final irony is that many of the detainees may not even want to be transferred to Thomson and could conceivably even raise their own legal roadblocks to allow them to stay at Gitmo.

Falkoff notes that many of his clients, while they clearly want to go home, are at least being held under Geneva Convention conditions in Guantánamo. At Thomson, he notes, the plans call for them to be thrown into the equivalent of a “supermax” security prison under near-lockdown conditions.

“As far as our clients are concerned, it’s probably preferable for them to remain at Guantánamo,” he says.

Um, aren’t conditions at Gitmo supposed to be a national embarrassment?  Aren’t they so bad that it serves as a recruiting tool for al-Qaeda, which apparently really rankles our Chief Executive?  Think maybe that’s overblown just a tad?

The strident left-wing critiques of the Guantanamo facility have all centered around the fact that detainees there are horribly mistreated and conditions unbearable. But when push comes to shove, it would seem concerns about Guantanamo are overblown, and the prisoners there know that being held under the Geneva conventions outside the U.S. is much preferable to a maximum security prison in the U.S.

Would it be the height of irony if the courts blocked a transfer of inmates from Gitmo on the grounds that the new facility violates Geneva Convention standards — and that Gitmo and the military commissions systems meet them?  Indeed it would, if the administration ever tries to make the transfer at all.  The prison won’t be ready until 2011, and by that time, a new Congress will be much less likely to allow the transfer, as Isikoff points out in his blog post.

Let’s root for irony, shall we?

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Heh. Where’s ACLU..

the_nile on January 7, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Why not implant GPS tracking devices in each inmate, set them free in Yemen and have fun tracking them down with drones?

anticucho on January 7, 2010 at 2:27 PM

If anyone at Ft. Meade had a clue, we would have done this surreptitiously with every single person released from GITMO over the years.

Can I hope against hope that someone really did this with at least a few of them?


Wanderlust on January 7, 2010 at 5:16 PM

living in a Supermax facility in icy weather under almost-constant constant lockdown?

St Bernard’s Catholic grade school. Those nuns could be brutal…

karl9000 on January 7, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Best solution I have ever read or heard anticucho!! Kudos!!

Robbya on January 7, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Let’s root for irony, shall we?

Oh, pleasepleaseplease!!!! Pleasepleaseplease could we please get an early Christmas present of the jihadi’s filing suit to stay in sunny CUBA!!!!

oldleprechaun on January 7, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Let the Gitmo riots begin.

yoda on January 7, 2010 at 6:09 PM

I hereby take back everything that I ever said criticizing the closing of GITMO.


BigAlSouth on January 7, 2010 at 6:14 PM

BigAlSouth on January 7, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Beware what you wish for.

Wanderlust on January 7, 2010 at 6:21 PM


redslippers on January 7, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Send ’em down here to Angola. We’ll fix their wagon….

cane_loader on January 8, 2010 at 3:52 AM

Get ’em to Angola prison in Louisiana – because we still have the rodeo each year. Way primitive – as in, the public can buy tickets to watch various rodeo events at the prison, including prisoners chasing bulls trying to grab a $100 bill off their horns, and the bulls chasing the prisoners trying to stick a horn up their ass!

Man, I would SO film that jihadi rodeo and put it on YouTube!!


cane_loader on January 8, 2010 at 3:55 AM