by Chris Bodenner
"We should not bring Guantanamo terrorists to the heartland. It would make us a new mecca for terrorists, for Al Jazeera and other network attention and I think would lower the security of the entire United States," - Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), asked about the possibility of a detainee transfer to a prison in Illinois. Al Jazeera mentioned in the same breath as terrorists?
Also, for the record, hardly any of the detainees have been convicted of terrorist ties, let alone tried. But this sort of fear-mongering has already worked for prisons in Michigan and Kansas, so there's every reason to think it will continue working, particularly with Obama's dismal record on closing Gitmo.