Krauthammer's take (via NRO):
On President Obama’s decision to move Guantanamo detainees to a prison in Illinois:
Well, finally, a real jobs program. ... And like a lot of the jobs being (so-called) created by the administration, these are redundant and entirely unnecessary. Guantanamo is a perfectly good place to house terrorists. It's humane. The reason it's being shut is because the international left has created, through lies and calumnies, an image of Guantanamo. Remember the false story about the flushing of the Koran at Guantanamo? And Obama is reacting to placate the international left.
Now, it is not as egregious as, for example, the trying of Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York, which is logically and morally a disgrace, undermining the … ethical foundation of the war on terror. But it is a redundancy and it doesn't solve the problem.
The problem is that there are some terrorists that we will detain without trial, no matter what happens. And it's not the location that is the issue. It's either going to be in Guantanamo or Illinois or somewhere. The issue remains.
The Left, the ACLU, will be after this, and there will be a federal judge there to say these people [the terrorist detainees] have rights beyond the rights that they have right now.
And even though the Department of Homeland Security is assuring us that these terrorists are not acquiring residency, they are like immigrants outside of America, there is no assurance that the judge is going to uphold that and that ultimately some of these miscreants are not going to be released into American streets.