Amidst his other idiotic ramblings here, Repug U.S. House Rep. Aaron Schock criticizes the Obama Administration for dumping those dern terrists from Guantanamo into the “heartland” (presumably, Schock is referring to the Illinois “supermax” prison in Thomson; as Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune tells us here, Thomson is “a small town in the northwest corner of the state”).
Chapman also tells us the following…
The Bush administration’s purpose in putting the captives at the U.S. naval base in Cuba was to keep them beyond the reach of federal courts, so it could do whatever struck the fancy of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. But the Supreme Court has repeatedly asserted that Guantanamo cannot be a lawless zone. The executive branch has to follow the Constitution even there.
Moving the prisoners to American soil would affirm the startling proposition that we consider ourselves bound by the rule of law. It wouldn’t make veteran terrorists give up the fight. But it would deprive them of an emblem of torture and abuse that inspires anti-American fury and endangers American lives.
When the detainees arrive here, I predict, Illinoisans will pay attention for about five minutes and then go on calmly with their lives. At least the grown-ups will.