Manzullo is rightly upset that he wasn’t in the loop on this thing. He found out like everybody else - after the Thomson decision was leaked to the media. But considering his reaction, it’s no wonder nobody talked to him first.
* Congressman Mark Kirk has a new name for the Thomson prison: “Great Lakes Gitmo.”
Kirk also claimed that the Obama administration had given $200 million to the island nation of Palau to accept “six terrorists.” Those “terrorists” have actually been deemed no threat by the military. And, as I told subscribers yesterday, that $200 million was really a $50 million increase in Palau’s 15-year $150 million aid package. That’s still a nice little bump. Illinois should be getting more money for this. Period. Watch Kirk…
It’s not like Kirk and the other opponents lack for material here. I mean, the opposition speeches practically write themselves. But why do they feel the need to make stuff up, create silly nicknames and slur entire religions?
“I understand I’m on different pages of music with others in my party. First of all this should not be a partisan issue in anyway. If President Obama brings the detainees on U.S. soil and we sit here with a brand new state-of-the-art, max security prison, sitting vacant for the last eight years, and pass on an opportunity to sell it to the federal government, which we would fill it with 1,500 regular prisoners and 800 detainees, what is the problem? The building was designed to do that.
“The only reason we have rhetoric now is because of the closing of Gitmo,” Sacia concluded. “It makes no sense at all. This is a tremendous opportunity and we would be idiots to waste it.” […]
“I saw Mark Kirk making some comment about potentially a terrorist attacking Chicago,” [Rep. Sacia] said. “For Christ sakes. Chicago is 150 miles from Thomson… I’m very upset about [his rhetoric]. I understand people wanting to take a stand. But before you take a stand get the facts. I didn’t make a comment on this until I sat through a three hour briefing yesterday.”
“It certainly wouldn’t be my position if I were running for [the Senate],” Sacia added.
Sacia is a former FBI agent, by the way.
But the Illinois GOP is not letting up. From a press release…
In a crushing blow to Governor Pat Quinn and Senator Dick Durbin’s plan to move Gitmo to Illinois, Democratic Illinois Congresswoman Melissa Bean today announced she opposed any transfer of terrorists to the United States – including Illinois.
The Lake County News Sun today quotes Congresswoman Bean as saying: “I remain opposed to transferring Guantanamo detainees to Illinois, or anywhere in the United States, without substantial assurances regarding potential security threats.”
Bean’s statement comes on the heels of new survey results showing that only 32% of Illinois voters support the Quinn/Durbin plan while 57% oppose.
“We hope other Democrats like Bill Foster and Debbie Halvorson will have the courage to stand up to Governor Quinn and Senator Durbin and do what’s right for the people of Illinois,” Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady said.
Clever politics, for sure.
* You really gotta wonder just how much thought Pat Quinn put into this idea. Did he even have a clue about the sort of political bomb he was detonating? The last line in this Bob Schillerstrom press release pretty much sums it up…
“I understand and appreciate the deep concerns of families presented with the idea of bringing Gitmo detainees to Illinois. We should all agree that the safety of our communities must be the first consideration of government and not compromised, regardless of perceived economic benefit.
“It is stunning to see some sidestep public safety and address this as a question of job creation. And it is also surprising to see others dismiss those jobs without discussion of the merits of the proposal. More information would assist all parties in separating fact from fiction. That is why I urge the Governor’s Office and White House to detail security safeguards planned for the Thomson Correctional Center and its surrounding communities – as they should have in the first place.
“Without more information, we should expect nothing more than the backlash that has occurred in recent days.”
The Ballad of Ahmed - Henning, enhanced by VanillaMan
Come and listen to a story about a man named Ahmed
A poor Talibani, barely kept his family fed,
Then one day he was shootin at infidels,
Got rounded up and sent to Cuban hell.
Gitmo that is, US base, livin’ free.
Well the first thing you know Ahmed’s a detainee,
Quinn and Durbin said “Ahmed move across the street from me!”
Said “Illinois is the place you ought to be”
Obama pumped Ahmed up and made him a celebrity!
Thomson, that is. Ugly NIMBY. Quagmire.
Well now its time to say good by to Ahmed and all his kin.
They’re busting outta Thomson, it’s intifada agin.
They want to thank Quinn and Durbin for their hospitality
But their headed back to ‘Raq, to fight US infantry.
The theme from the Beverly Hillbillies? Really, that’s the best you got? Seems like it was only a month or two ago that you were channeling Colonel Nathan R. Jessep, USMC, on an unrelated post. Can’t you work some more A Few Good Men references into your material? That way you can sound like a battle-toughened veteran when you refer to it as “Gitmo” like all the other arm chair soldiers on the blog lately.
The ironic thing about Kirk’s statement is the Thomson property was initially going to be home to a nuke plant that never came to fruition so the remote site became the “perfect” site to build a prison.
Of course, Manzullo did NOT call islam a savage religion.
He DID say that the terrorists were driven by a savage religion.
Does anyone here think that they are NOT driven by their religious beliefs?
THEY might call it Islam and say its ok to do so.
I know plenty of Muslims that consider themselves very good Muslims, and do not think that sawing people’s heads off, flying people into buildings, and blowing up vacation spots is at all consistent with Islam.
There are currently 35 individuals doing time in Illinois based on terrorism charges. Up to now, this had never been an issue for Kirk. But then, we in IL-10 are used to his “moderate” and “independent” hypocrisy.
The “War on Terror” theme is strong and menancing in it’s visuals congered up by saying it, but it was never a declared war by the US Congress. Therefore, these ‘terrorists’ are not actually POW’s and, as far as I know, would not be tried by the military? They are alleged to have committed crimes against the US, were ‘extradited’ and now are standing in front of our courts for their come-umpins.
The sky is falling screaming is blown way out of proportion and is meant to add fuel to the fire for the far right.
I do not see how this is going to cause the destruction of neighboring cities? I do not see terrorists converging on NY City or Chicago any more than they would if they could already do so?
It makes for great fear mongering and the opportunity for all politicians to step all over themselves by getting pulled into the fray.
This makes great distraction news. One must wonder what it’s distracting us from?
Try them, find them guilty (they have already professed their guilt) and keep them in prison. Dang, there goes the martyrdom.
Bean–“I remain opposed to transferring Guantanamo detainees to Illinois, or anywhere in the United States, without substantial assurances regarding potential security threats.”–
Frankly I don’t think anyone can disagree with this one statement. But in the meantime I see Kirk and others instantly touting anti-anti and aiming for total panic and fear prior to indepth information. And in such instances of these quick reactions vocally made, I pay little attention. Kinda like how do you know you’re rabid against something until all the facts are known and weighed?
If the base is to be closed why, no how, could we ask others to take these prisoners, but not ourselves?
A few questions for Rep. Manzullo.. “Do you consider calling Islam a “savage religion” to be helpful in preventing future terrorist attacks against Americans?” Is a United States Congressman calling Islam a “savage religion” hurt or hamper Al-Qaeda’s ability to recruit new terrorists?”
A question for Mark Kirk…How is going on local and national television and talking about the “Sears Tower being blown up” and “planes being hijakced at O’Hare airport” helpful to attracting new businesses and jobs into the Chicagoland and Thomson area?” “If the Thomson prison remains unutilized, what would you do specifically as Senator to bring decent paying jobs to the region?” Should Americans live in constant states of fear?
As a committed Republican who hopes to return Blago the favor – If I were Gov. Quinn I would tell President Obama in a public way to shove it.
It breaks down like this:
1. Quinn gets to take a public stand as a fighter / guardian of the people of Illinois – and will get tons of press in the process – if he’s any good, it will be good press.
2. He gets to show people that he is his own man – standing up to the Democratic powers – never a bad thing when you have so many “bosses” around.
3. It throws everybody for a loop – A Governor taking a stand on a thing like this will make people take a step back and rethink the whole package – immediate relevancy on the national stage – then you just have to figure out how to ride the tiger.
Its a different story, but its the same gotcha, fear tactic, politicial gaming both Republicans and Democrats use constantly. Before people have a chance to learn enough to make up their minds and while they are first hearing of it, one side screams bloody murder to try to influence those just learning of the issue. Democrats cry bloody murder just as bad as the Republicans are in this case. Heck, Democrats bring busloads of angry union mobs to the Capitol screaming bloody murder and mayhem if we don’t increase on poor people.
Yes, the Republicans frothing at the mouth at this are idiots. Next week, Democrats will froth at the mouth at something else. Maybe we need real change.
I think this entire issue (closing the Quantanamo prison) shows how clueless the Obama Administration can be and how maybe Bush wasn’t so clueless after all. Team Obama went through their entire campaign promising to close the prison right away, only to find out that it isn’t so easy. I saw leave them in Cuba, I would rather they not be on American soil anyways.
- Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Nov 17, 09 @ 8:32 pm:
Obama, Durbin, and Quinn are doing the right thing based on the need to 1) close Gitmo and redistribute and put on trial the prisoners so they are no longer an advertisement for recruiting more jihadis 2) put into operation a facility that is currently being wasted 3) provide needed jobs and associated economic development.
The opponents are trying to make political hay while the sun shines before Gitmo is closed, prisoners are redistributed and put on trial and nothing happens (terrorist-wise).
Our country needs more LEADERS who do not spend their time looking for the politically expedient thing to do.
On this issue, Obama, Durbin, and Quinn are acting like leaders. This was not decided on a whim, the closing of Gitmo, etc. has been worked on for over a year. Manzullo, Kirk, & co. are trying to incite a mob; if that is leadership, it is one of the lowest forms.
Saw this line in some comic, but I feel it applies to the current Republican strategy, not just on Thomson, but generally on anything the Dems might try to achieve:
“It is not enough that cats win: dogs must also lose.”
Repubs are putting their goal of getting back into power ahead of any and every rational action the government wants to take. They want to break, it, and keep it broken, until everybody gets fed up and listens to them promise they can fix it. When you put getting the job so far ahead of doing the job, you’re not qualified to HAVE the job.
The hysteria will blow over with time, since it was generated out of fantasy. Dems should stay the course and not be intimidated by the crazy talk. To back down from the likes of this is unforgivable.
Manzullo’s fearmongering is disgusting. His bigotry is nauseating. His irrational opposition to a possible economic boost to Illinois is very unfortunate. If we can house violent street gangs, drug cartel leaders, the mafia, white supremacists and serial killers then we can also do the same for the alleged terrorists at Gitmo. These people don’t have superpowers so I’m not sure what they will be able to do that these other violent criminals haven’t already tried and failed to do.
=== Kirk didn’t explain why the reactor would stop being a terrorist target if the nuclear waste was shipped. ===
Carl, I believe the Zion reactor is long since decomissioned. No waste, no threat.
- LincolnLounger - Tuesday, Nov 17, 09 @ 11:50 pm:
Setting aside the terrorism aspect of this, it’s too bad that it’s come to seeling state prisons to the feds that now qualifies as the Democratic Party of Illinois’ idea of economic development. A “dream come true”, Senator Durbin?!? The fact is that it’s humiliating.
Whether it’s hysteria or pandering or correct that this will make Illinois a mecca for jihad, the fact is that it’s good politics for Kirk. He comes across as tough and gets to remind everyone of his military background. And, nobody’s talking about him asking for Palin’s endorsement anymore.
My interest in Illionois politics extends to reading this blog and not much else. I have become familiar with how politics work in this state and feel comfortable with saying that it is chock full of clowns. With that being said, I still find it hard to believe that elected officials would equate Islam with terrorism.
Gregor, there is a lot of truth in what you say. Unfortunately, the exact same thing can be said of the Democratic Party in Illinois after 28 years of Republican Governors. They’e had complete control in this state since 2002. 8 years coming up. Complete control of Illinois by Democrats for 8 years without needing even 1 Republican vote to pass legislation in both houses, assuming a Democrat Governor doesn’t veto.
Bringing terrorists to Illinois on purpose is might just be their greatest “achievement” during those years.
This controversy is a case of paranoia meeting political opportunism. Grow up people!!! Having said that, at least for Quinn, the media’s not talking about the melt down in the state’s budget. Nothing like a little scare tactics to divert the people’s attention away from the real threat….a $13 billion FY 11 budget hole and nearly 50 % shortfall in GRF.
=== Kirk didn’t explain why the reactor would stop being a terrorist target if the nuclear waste was shipped. ===
*** Carl, I believe the Zion reactor is long since decomissioned. No waste, no threat. ***
Someone over at my blog was confused by my response above to Carl Nyberg’s comment (we get at lot of CFB cross-traffic at Team America). To the extent my shorthand was unclear to anyone over here, what I was saying was that IF the waste is removed (which is what Kirk was trying to do), there would be no threat of it being a continued target, since it no longer is operational, which is what Nyberg seemed to not understand. Thanks.
Ya’ll DO know that there is a nuclear plant just a few miles down-river from Thomson, right? Its at Cordova. Manzullo was right on, speaking truth to power. Someone please explain to me how these terrorists’ religion is a peaceful one. Maybe I am just a dumb hick-from-the-sticks, but have you actually READ the Qur’an? Maybe as a nearby-Thomson-starving-peasant-eager-for-any-job, I just misunderstood what I read in the Qur-an? Gee, do you have any laundry that needs a warshin’? That’d just be a dream-come-true for us out this way! We’ll do ANYTHING for a buck.
I am so sick and tired of the “Gen. Wayright Wingers” and their continued vile statements. It’s one thing to be unintelligent and try to discuss a topic, there’s room for improvement. But, to be totally stupid and open ones mouth to confirm it, boggles my mind. My favorite quote by Pres. Lincoln..”Is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to open ones mouth removing all doubt”!! Repugs…you are a total polution problem and need a major scrub down. Forest Gump…”Stupid is as stupid does”. You’ve got that down pat!!