They do not want to leave Gitmo (via Don Surber blog)
Michael Isikoff of Newsweek had his biggest scoop since Monica Lewinsky. That scoop was spiked by his editors 12 years ago; this one he blogged:
But the final irony is that many of the detainees may not even want to be transferred to Thomson [Illinois] and could conceivably even raise their own legal roadblocks to allow them to stay at Gitmo.
Falkoff notes that many of his clients, while they clearly want to go home, are at least being held under Geneva Convention conditions in Guantánamo. At Thomson, he notes, the plans call for them to be thrown into the equivalent of a “supermax” security prison under near-lockdown conditions.
“As far as our clients are concerned, it’s probably preferable for them to remain at Guantánamo,” he says.
Mark Hemingway of the Washington Examiner who uncovered this buried scoop noted: “The strident left-wing critiques of the Guantanamo facility have all centered around the fact that detainees there are horribly mistreated and conditions unbearable. But when push comes to shove, it would seem concerns about Guantanamo are overblown, and the prisoners there know that being held under the Geneva conventions outside the U.S. is much preferable to a maximum security prison in the U.S.”
Let me add this: The reason Gitmo got such a bad reputation was the false reporting of a Koran being flushed down the commode (a near physical impossibility). And which news organization reported that lie as fact?
(Dramatic pause.) From Don Surber