They simply played on the fears of many in regards to putting these Guantanamo Bay terror suspects on US soil.
The American people don’t want these men walking the streets of America’s neighborhoods,” Sen. John Thune, R-S. D., said Wednesday. “The American people don’t want these detainees held at a military base or federal prison in their backyard, either.
Of course they wouldn't be walking around free in our neighborhoods as Thune suggests, in fact what is rarely mentioned is that they would be joining the numerous terror suspects that are already here and rotting in our prisons...
But the apocalyptic rhetoric rarely addresses this: Thirty-three international terrorists, many with ties to al-Qaeda, reside in a single federal prison in Florence, Colo., with little public notice.
Detained in the supermax facility in Colorado are Ramzi Yousef, who headed the group that carried out the first bombing of the World Trade Center in February 1993; Zacarias Moussaoui, convicted of conspiring in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001; Ahmed Ressam, of the Dec. 31, 1999, Los Angeles airport millennium attack plots; Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, conspirator in several plots, including one to assassinate President George W. Bush; and Wadih el-Hage, convicted of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya.
The GOP sure has the fear technique down don't they? Warrantless wiretaps, torture, closing Gitmo...all they need to mention is "terrorist" in front of a patriotic picture and we are putty in their hands (and our Constitution becomes simply a piece of paper with fancy writing on it).