Apparently President Obama realizes there isn’t enough time left in his final term to be able to trade away the rest of the detainees at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, but he’s determined to shut it down even if his administration has to put the prisoners in our backyards:
A team of Pentagon officials began scouting sites in Colorado on Tuesday as potential alternatives to hold prisoners from Guantanamo Bay as part of the long-stalled effort to close the controversial detention center on the U.S. base in Cuba.
The team planned to assess facilities at the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence and the state penitentiary in Canon City as alternatives for a “limited” number of detainees from Guantanamo, said Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.
They are looking at what changes would be needed to the facilities in Colorado to detain the prisoners and to hold proceedings for those facing trial by military commission, Ross said.
The Pentagon team also has also surveyed the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina.
Nowhere near the Beltway is under consideration? Hey, they’re not stupid. Obama, Biden and Kerry also aren’t insisting on either Chicago, Wilmington or Nantucket as possible locations? Real surprising. Maybe the detainees should be given jobs giving tours of the “He Ended the War in Afghanistan More Than Once” wing of Obama’s presidential library after it opens.