Sen. Pat Roberts (2/5, Letters) writes that moving Guantanamo detainees to Fort Leavenworth would insert them “into our daily lives.” This is nonsense, the sort of rhetorical cant that has taken the place of political discourse in our country.
Leavenworth has long been known as precisely the sort of community that can handle the toughest and most dangerous criminals. There is nothing about the Guantanamo detainees that makes them more dangerous than the high-security population already present. These are not super-criminals who belong in some phantom zone. The danger they pose to us is not primarily physical; physical threats are readily contained. Of far greater concern is the symbolic value of their incarceration and treatment to those who would harm America.
Sen. Roberts is opposed to closing the prison at Guantanamo. Honesty requires that he state that objection plainly and not hide behind an ersatz NIMBY façade that is disrespectful of both the intelligence of his constituents and the professionalism of the prison staff at Fort Leavenworth.
It’s funny that Pat Roberts fears for our safety if we house terrorists at Fort Leavenworth, yet he is OK with putting murderers and rapists there and in neighboring Lansing.
Has he ever been to a prison or even watched a documentary on prisons? They would probably get better treatment at Guantanamo. Our good old-fashioned, American- made criminals would rip these guys to pieces.
Honestly, I couldn’t care less if they come here. In fact, I bet they are more worried about it than we are. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed doesn’t stand a chance in Leavenworth, and I feel sorry for anyone worried about them coming here.