The comic cowardice of Harry Reid

PHOTO: Harry Reid

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a press conference yesterday:

QUESTION: No one’s talking about releasing them. We’re talking about putting them in prison somewhere in the United States.

REID: Can’t put them in prison unless you release them.

QUESTION: Sir, are you going to clarify that a little bit? …

REID: I can’t make it any more clear than the statement I have given to you. We will never allow terrorists to be released in the United States.

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QUESTION: But Senator, Senator, it’s not that you’re not being clear when you say you don’t want them released. But could you say – would you be all right with them being transferred to an American prison?

REID: Not in the United States.

You may recall this video from Senate Republicans I posted a few days back. We’ll, now it appears that Harry Reid has bought into this moronic line of thinking that bringing suspected terrorists all the way from Gitmo (Cuba) to maximum security prisons on the American mainland is a unacceptable security threat. Moron.

If there is anything we’re good at in America, it’s putting people in prison. And as Hilzoy so eloquently illustrated in video, we already have some pretty damn dangerous people in those prisons:

There’s really only one more thing to say. Harry Reid needs to go. Either he’s a moron for buying into this argument that we can’t put dangerous people in our prisons, or he’s needlessly capitulating to Republican arguments out of political fear.

3 Comments

  1. Ian

    Terrorists are like Magneto in the X-Men movies, see. They need to be held within special containment cells that are able to contain their special terrorist powers. If you take them out of these cells, I mean, all bets are off. They could do anything! Don’t loose them on the mainland US! Let them make Cuba dangerous instead.

  2. Chris

    But aren’t these supermen capable of swimming between Cuba and Florida?

  3. Ian

    Not swimming per se, but they would walk on the ocean floor like the skeletons in Pirates of the Carribean, all slow and menacing like. Don’t release them!