Barr, Kean, Norquist: GOP should stop ’scaremongering’ over Guantanamo shift

According to The Hill, the D.C. newspaper, Bob Barr and two conservative opinion-leaders say Republicans should stop raising such a ruckus over the transfer of terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay to a prison in Illinois:

In a letter circulated by the Constitution Project, 2008 Libertarian Party presidential nominee and former Rep. Bob Barr, American Conservative Union founder David Kean and Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist say that civilian prisons and courts are safe and appropriate places to handle suspected terrorists.

They specifically addressed Republican charges that the bringing Gitmo detainees onto the U.S. mainland could elevate the risk of an attack.

“The scaremongering about these issues should stop,” they wrote. “It makes sense for the community which will benefit from the related employment and has absolutely no reason to fear that prisoners will escape or be released into their communities.”

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Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again.

November 16th, 2009
2:59 pm

Obama screwed up bringing just a handful of terrorist thugs to trial in NY. His problem is that he is going to try some in US courts and others in Military tribunals. Trying some in NY is an obvious bone to the whackedout, blame America first and always Democrats. This is a blantant political move and Obama’s poll numbers will suffer.

Oh well

November 16th, 2009
5:11 pm

I find it funny that he is even bothering with a trial if it is in NY. You think those jurors or judge won’t be biased? It should be an international trial.

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again.

November 16th, 2009
6:47 pm

There will be plenty of libs in NY that agree with the terrorists. There is a real chance that KSM and the others may walk. Libs judges. Lib jurors. Do the math.

Screw Up Birther, Deather,

November 16th, 2009
8:46 pm

Some Tea Party Republicans have suggested that the Terrorists be tried on the Moon. However, a another Group of Tea Party Republicans a break away group from the 1 st Tea Party group have demanded the Terrorists be tried on Mars……..And finally a 3 rd group of Tea Party members a break away group from the 1 st and 2 nd Tea party Republicans have demand that both Tea Parties and the terrorists be tried together on the Death Star……….

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again.

November 16th, 2009
9:04 pm

Did anyone ever ask the former gov’s of VA and NJ how that “hope and change” was working out for them.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

November 17th, 2009
4:15 am

And thus we see that the Republicans are Yellow, their cowardly streak covers their backs as they run from the terrorists, just like they ran out of Afghanistan to leave our soldiers to die.

Republicans are afraid of Al Queda.

Sounds “partisan and harsh”?

Well so is running from terrorists. You don’t run from terrorists. You don’t paint them up as phantom boogey men. You fight them and you stand up to them. You don’t quake in your boots like Yellow Republican cowards.

Yankee in Gooberville

November 17th, 2009
4:59 am

God, bed wetting right wingers scared of everything.

Obama Still Dithering On Afghansistan.....Since August!

November 17th, 2009
10:06 am

Military Tribunals have been effectively used since Abraham Linclon. The only reason the high profile 911 organizers are going to be tried in NY through the civilian court system is purely political. The trial will not be about KSM … it will be about the Bush administration, CIA, waterboarding and Iraq. It’s going to be a real circus and I only hope these guys don’t get off on a technicality. But if they do it will be on Obama.

Mr. Grumpy

November 17th, 2009
1:23 pm

Finally, a handful of credible conservatives who see the GOP’s universal use of scare tactics as just so much nonsense. Hell, the Nazis used the same tactic in the 1930s. Develop and repeat a lie long enough, and the public will start to believe it’s true. There are very few honorable conservatives.

Sir Winston

November 17th, 2009
3:45 pm

The libs are mad because The Obama, peace be upon him, is tanking in the polls. It seems he alienates more and more of the American people with every decision he makes. Blame us Republicans all you want, but Obama is bleeding independent and Democrat support. This is what happens when the a candidate is pushed by the lib, hack, wh@rish media and never truly vetted. Obama is a lib. Most Americans reject libs and their policies. Reality is going to stop Obama and his agenda, not Republicans. Peace.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

November 17th, 2009
4:33 pm

This is off topic, but too funny and sad. Since Jumbo G will never, ever post a negative story about Obama, I thought I would share this here. Check out the headline and click the link for the story.

Exclusive: Jobs ‘Saved or Created’ in Congressional Districts That Don’t Exist
Human Error Blamed for Crediting New Stimulus Jobs to Nonexistent Places
Nov. 16, 2009


Do not buy the Obama excuse. Obama obviously put VP “Plugs” Biden in charge of counting created and “saved” jobs.


November 17th, 2009
9:19 pm

OMG…OMG… OMG…. ah…ah…ahh… Obama… Obama… his numberrrrs are tankin’… OMG– terrrorist… OMG… were was he born.. not here. not… noo…
The right in America get a little less coherent every day– Would be funny if it weren’t so damn scary… The simple truth is that these prople would hate our president even if he agreed with everything they do and say because of the (D) by his name and, I fear, because of the color of his skin– The President of the United States is a (very) slightly left of center Black Man– get over it… This liberal says God bless this great country and give the still sane the power to overcome the utter and insane bigotry of our brothers…

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

November 18th, 2009
8:02 am

Sir Winston has a yellow stripe running down his back.


November 18th, 2009
12:22 pm

I think the republicans forget that the terrorist that attacked New York killed democrats,christians,muslims,jews etc.So how dare them to think that by protesting those dogs being tried in New York some how make them more American than the rest of us.We all hurt on 9/11.