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Why aren't the prisoners from Guantanamo being resettled in the United States?

Asked by bea2345 (6206points) June 19th, 2009

This article by Linda Edwards was in today’s newspaper.

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The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

How well received would these guys be in the US?
I guarantee each of these guys gets a brick thrown at them by some angry person in the south. You may as well throw them to the wolves. A lot of people are still really angry at these guys whether they’re guilty or not.

I think it would suck to be imprisoned unjustly by a nation and then be forced to live that same nation after you were released.

Ivan's avatar

Because people are stupid and love scaremongering media.

jrpowell's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic :: I really doubt anyone would recognize them if they landed in Seattle.

I’m pretty happy to have them live in a island paradise with enough cash to be comfortable. I would go to Gitmo for a few years for the same deal. (minus the torture)

edit :: I should clarify. They will certainly be known on the island they end up on. But I doubt they would be noticed in a big city in the United States.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@johnpowell These guys have been in prison for 5+ years. I think the first thing they want to see is the sun. They don’t get much of that in Seattle.

Great town though. I dig it

bea2345's avatar

I should like to see some serious answers. Your government is spending a great deal of money on resettlement (how much did the Bermudans get?) and as taxpayers, you might show some concern. Why aren’t these people being settled in the US? We out here really want to know. It could not be only because it would be unpopular; that never stopped your government before.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@bea2345 My first answer was dead serious.

bea2345's avatar

Yes it was. But that alone – security concerns – is not enough. What the rest of the world is seeing is a group of men whose lives have been ruined, their reputations destroyed, and who cannot be safely let loose in the American population. Why not?

bea2345's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic – I googled my question, Why aren’t the prisoners from Guantanamo being resettled in the United States? and got some hits, but only one was really interesting, from the Huffington Post. Most of the others were non-US sources and one gets the impression that the US don’t want the detainees, no, thank you, but are unwilling (ashamed? frightened?) to discuss it.

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