Politics Of Tough, Ctd

Rahman Moussaoui Yousef

by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

I work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  The easiest rebuttal -- that I haven't seen used enough -- about having terrorists in our prisons is: we *already* have them. Are any of these terrorists more dangerous than, say: John Gotti, or the Unabomber, or Manuel Noriega, or Tim McVeigh, or Ramzi Yousef  & Omar Ahmad Rahman (two who were involved in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993)?  And Noriega and Rahman aren't even in the "SuperMax" prison!  In fact, our prisons are probably more secure than that of Gitmo -- has anyone escaped from there? We already house well over 100 terrorists.  It's no big deal.  Frankly -- gang members are harder to control.  In our SuperMax prison (Florence, Co.), not only has there been no escape, there hasn't even been an attempted escape.

Images: Rahman (the "blind sheik"), Zacarias Moussaoui (the "20th hijacker"), and Yousef.  More incarcerated terrorists listed here. I wonder if Boehner will threaten to cut off funding for the Florence Supermax - as he has for the Thomson transfer - and ship all of those terrorists to Guantanamo.