Hardin, Montana, population 3,400, needs jobs. Two years ago, Hardin borrowed $27 million in bonds to build the state of the art Two Rivers Regional Correctional Facility, which has yet to house a single inmate. Meanwhile, President Obama says he is going to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. That means a whole bunch of alleged terrorists need detaining. Hardin, knowing they have a brand new prison just waiting to be populated says, “we’ll take ‘em!”
It couldn’t be a better arrangement, right? A poor, small town builds a prison with the hopes of creating jobs and stimulating the local economy. A whole bunch of prisoners need a place to live and here’s a brand new, 464 bed lock-up with nobody in it. What’s the problem?
The state's congressional leaders have lined up against the plan. "Housing potential terrorists in Montana is not good for our state," Max Baucus, the state's senior Democratic senator, wrote to (Hardin's economic development director Greg) Smith. "These people stop at nothing. Their primary goal in life, and death, is to destroy America."
Adds Sen. Jon Tester, "I just don't think it's appropriate, that's all. I don't think they know what they're asking for."
Don’t know what they’re asking for? Really? They built a prison! I think they fully knew what they were asking for! They were asking for prisoners to come and live in prison they just built! Prisoners are dangerous people, period. Prisoners have wronged society, cannot be allowed to live in society, so we, as a society LOCK THEM UP!!!
As an American, I am completely embarrassed. This chicken shit mentality has got to stop! There is absolutely no reason to fear these men. The whole reason of putting them in jail is so they don’t do anybody any harm ever again. If we can’t control them in jail, then we have much bigger problems. That said, this nation handles hundreds of thousands of prisoners daily, with no incident. I’m confident we can handle the inmates at Gitmo.
If I need to start practicing my “drop to fetal position and play dead” maneuvers, then please let me know. Until then, let’s be American’s about this and toughen up.