Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to look for alternative USA housing for the uncharged inmates our government has been holding for over a decade at Guantanamo Bay. The GAO found 104 sites, 98 Justice Department and 6 military prisons suitable for holding terrorism convicts. Mind you, those guys haven’t been convicted of anything, but you get the idea.
Moving Gitmo detainees to these secure new quarters would require legal changes and moving some federal prison residents, who might not like being displaced by a bunch of aliens. After all, those resident inmates got into those cells fair and square — they were legally arrested, charged with specific federal crimes, tried, convicted, and sentenced to specific terms.
The U.S. would save more than its moral reputation by moving Gitmo detainees to actual high-security prisons. Guantanamo’s detention facility costs a bundle to maintain and those heavy costs would be eliminated. But there’s another way to recoup the government’s losses by making use of a vacant Gitmo. Cuba is undergoing a real estate boom, and who wouldn’t want a historic piece of property on a tropical island?
Image of the fabulous GitmObama Resort by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com
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