- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 16, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As the state-of-the-art Guantanamo Bay detention center finally comes to a close and its cargo is transferred to an unused facility in Thomson, Ill., one can’t help but wonder what purpose this serves (“Ill. prison to get Gitmo detainees,” Web, Nation, Tuesday). The prisoners will still be in prison. They will still receive specially prepared meals, plenty of recreation and prayer time and all the lawyers they want.

The prison at Guantanamo Bay is not closing - it’s just moving. So, why would the United States want to move the most dangerous creatures on this planet onto American soil? It’s very simple: This obviously is just another “dig” at former President George W. Bush and nothing more. It’s time to put political trysts aside and put the security of the nation first. A nation at war with itself cannot fight a war against its enemy.

Our government - which continues to weaken our defenses by bowing to foreign leaders, talking with dictators, being indecisive on Afghanistan and quartering enemy combatants in rural America - is creating a false image to the rest of the world, one that will only fuel the enemy’s fire. Our enemies, moreover, will spread their hate inside American confines.

The concerns are real, and the dangers are imminent. Our country is already facing an economic downturn with 10 percent unemployment, a stimulus that hasn’t stimulated and a recent omnibus spending bill that will further deepen the deficit. In addition, we are fighting two wars overseas. The United States cannot afford to invite the enemy inside its borders.

Moving terrorist detainees onto American soil cannot and will not make our country safer.

K.R. BOXBERGER

Massapequa, N.Y.

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