With Congress finally approving the transfer of Gitmo detainees to the US for trial, the debate over where to try and imprison them is sure to heat up soon. Underblogger Bodenner reports on the likeliest location:
Standish, a town of 1,500 people, is the seat of a county with an unemployment rate of nearly 25 percent. It is one of the most impoverished counties in Michigan--the state hit hardest by the recession. In June, two months before my visit, things had gone from bad to worse: Governor Jennifer Granholm announced that the town's main economic engine--the Standish Maximum Correctional Facility, which funds about one-quarter of the city's budget and is the county's largest employer--would be shuttered.