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    Emergency City Council Meeting in Standish

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Oct 19, 2009 at 03:39:12 PM EST
    Tags: Standish Max, Guantanamo Detainees, Obama Administration, unconstitutional behavior (all tags)

    The City of Standish is having an emergency city council meeting today (4:00 to 6:00 PM) to decide if they will allow relocation of the Guantanamo terrorist detainees to be housed in their city.  As best as can be determined, the Obama Administration is directly pressuring the city government to accept this offer.  If you know anyone who can make the meeting (I know, short fuse request), then urge them to get there.  The point of contact at Standish City Council is Ms. Janice Cuttitta <jcuttitta@cityofstandish.com>.  Below is the e-mail that I threw together as soon as I heard what was going on.

    Ms. Janice Cuttitta,

    Though I do not live in the Standish area these days, you can understand my concern when I learned that the Standish City Council is convening an emergency meeting tonight to approve the resolution to welcome (if that's truly the appropriate word) 200-plus GITMO Detainees to U.S. soil; specifically to fill the vacancies that are, or will be, at the Standish Maximum Security Prison.  This after the citizens of Standish met with you on Friday (October 16th) to insist that you not approve such a resolution.  It would seem apparent to most casual observers at this point that considerable pressure is being placed on you from "above."  While we the people might not know for sure just whom is applying that pressure, the history of this resolution would suggest that the arm-twisting is being done as directly as possible by the current presidential administration.

    I am not sure if you are aware of this, but the current Secretary of Defense has been less-than-forthcoming with his responses to reasonable requests for pertinent information so that local and state officials can fully assess the potential dangers of relocating terrorists onto American soil.  Now, as a military veteran, I am well aware of the concept of "need to know," but I firmly believe that this is one of those situations where we do not have all of the information that we need to know in order to make a properly informed decision.  (And this from an administration that promised greater levels of transparency than we have become accustomed to.)  In other words, local officials will not be briefed on what they're getting into until they're already in it.

    Much has been said of the military tribunals that have been held regarding these detainees, but I don't believe that all of the facts are public knowledge.  "Military Tribunal" is a civilianized term for "Court Martial," and these captured terrorists are being tried in such courts for a reason.  The trial of a captured al-Qaeda terrorist often involves the handling of highly classified information (up to Top Secret in some cases) that the non-military American court system just simply isn't equipped to properly handle.  However, the American Civil Liberties Union is insistent that these terrorists can be afforded the same rights as United States citizens.  It isn't that the ACLU is ignorant; it's just that they know so much that simply isn't so.

    Nor should you believe any promises of jobs that are related to this resolution.  The truth is that Standish Max will become a military facility, because DoD, as a matter of policy, will not entrust the handling of captured enemy fighters to mere state corrections officers.  What will happen, rather, is that Standish will - in very short order - become a military facility.  Now that may bring a bunch of soldiers, and their paychecks, into Standish and the surrounding community, but do not for one second believe that this will bring many good-paying jobs in.

    The ugly truth of relocating Guantanamo prisoners to American soil isn't whether something disastrous will happen here, but instead it will be a matter of when and how long.

    I must urge you to seriously reconsider approval of this measure.  For the safety of America, this resolution should be defeated.

    Sincerely and Respectfully,

    Kevin Rex Heine

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    Dumb, Dumb, Dumb (none / 0) (#2)
    by Rougman on Mon Oct 19, 2009 at 07:11:31 PM EST
    for this to occur.  We already have the perfect facilities in which to house these terrorist bozos down in Cuba, but that would make too much sense to leftist idiots that believe our country is the real enemy.

    Now a local community is going to be under White House pressure (I can only imagine what they are willing to offer, and how much they are willing to punish) because our elected Celebrity President made a poorly reasoned campaign promise to some of the radicals that elected him.

    By the way, good letter.  

    Good to hear from you Kevin! (none / 0) (#3)
    by maidintheus on Mon Oct 19, 2009 at 07:58:14 PM EST
    I just wish this news sounded better.

    Thanks for getting this info out.

    Does anyone have an update? (none / 0) (#4)
    by maidintheus on Mon Oct 19, 2009 at 09:34:53 PM EST
    Any news?

    What can we do?

    Pressuring? (none / 0) (#5)
    by LookingforReagan on Mon Oct 19, 2009 at 09:51:09 PM EST
    You mean threatening? As in take my offer or else. Maybe the Thug and Chief will send his Chief of staff Judas Escariot Emanual to Standish to marvel them with his collection of vile loutish threats and cuss words. It is after all the Chicago Way. You can bet if they say no they will get the same treatment as Joe the Plumber did from the most thuggish administration in history. These people are beyond disgusting.

    People need to let them know (none / 0) (#7)
    by maidintheus on Mon Oct 19, 2009 at 10:03:28 PM EST
    this is not going to fly.

    Enemy Combatants Loose In Standish? (none / 0) (#10)
    by BruceB on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 08:18:45 AM EST
    My understanding is that when these Enemy Combatants are tried through the American civilian court system they will be able to walk out the front door into American society if they are acquitted of the charges against them.  
    That is the reason these folks were housed at Gitmo.  If they were acquitted at Gitmo they could be deported to a foreign country if that foreign country would eccept them.    
    Another question, in prior wars weren't Prisoners of War kept until the end of the war or exchanged for the other sides prisoners of war?  
    Of course our enemy today doesn't take prisoners.  

    Various notes: (none / 0) (#11)
    by rdww on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 08:56:50 AM EST
    This entire effort is sad on all sides.  The idea that a local community is battling for the "business" of keeping a prison open is sad.  That some local residents believe keeping unconvicted "jihadists" in Standish is a grave danger (for uncertain reasons) is likewise sad.  The entire concept of creating something like an "enemy combatant" so we can pick and choose from the military and criminal justice systems to keep them locked up and do with them as we will is both sad and corrosive. (We are not at "war" with any recognizable enemy that has formal leadership, nationality, or sovereignty, so how will we even know when we've "won?")
    One of the few valid points above is that the prison guards currently working at Standish will still be out of a job even if the Muhammads come to Standish.  (BTW, the last I heard Barry's administration wasn't interested in Standish anyway).

    Shovel? (none / 0) (#16)
    by rdww on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 02:09:03 PM EST
    Good.  Now, once you can figure out the First Rule of Holes, you might finally get somewhere.


    If there's an update on Standish (none / 0) (#18)
    by maidintheus on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 02:52:17 PM EST
    emergency meeting, I'd love to hear about it, please and thank you.

    CS' step #2 - Fill it in (none / 0) (#19)
    by rdww on Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 01:32:35 PM EST
    "Please, for the love of God, stop digging."

    If I do, how will you ever get out of the hole you've created for yourself?

    Actually... (none / 0) (#21)
    by rdww on Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 10:22:02 PM EST
    ... I believe the word you're reaching for is "juvenile" (although I'm merely following a thread of your own creation).  "Sophomoric" applies more direcly to your own self-inflated defenses of loserdom.

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