Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Pentagon Wants To Spend $100 Million For Second Courthouse At Guantanamo

The U.S. government already has a courthouse at Guantanamo Bay, but the Pentagon plans to spend $100 million of your tax dollars to build a huge new facility just down the hill.

In addition to having a courtroom for the trials of the likes of Khalid Sheik Mohammad, the courthouse would sleep up to 1,200 people, have a dining facility for 800, and a garage for 100 vehicles.

Tom Finnigan of Citizens Against Government Waste told CBS News that his radar antennae went up when the Pentagon recently tried to push the plans through Congress on an emergency basis without any votes.

"They tried to rush the funding through the process. That alone raises a red flag this could be a boondoggle in the works," Finnigan said.

That move, and the price tag, raised enough eyebrows tthat the Pentagon will have to put the project through a more formal route next month, including a Congressional vote.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You libs are the ones who want to give terrorists constitutional rights. Well then they need a courthouse in order to do that. I feel lining them up and shooting them in the head is a lot cheaper.

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another day, another bit of nonsense from anonymous. How sad your life must be. How empty.

Dude, they already have a courthouse. (See the first sentence in the story above.)


10:04 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Anonymous isn't even correct in his first sentence. The Supreme Court -- including what, six members appointed by Republican presidents (Scalia, Alito, Kennedy, Thomas, Souter and Roberts) -- decided that terrorists deserved the right to prove their innocence.

Anonymous, you simpleton, not everything the government tells you is correct. They admit as much, when they retract statements like the insurgency is in its last throes, or the air around the WTC after 9/11 was just fine, or that Saddam had ties to Al Qaeda or 9/11.

It's possible that some of the suspected terrorists are innocent. It's doubtful, but it's possible.

Don't be a dolt. We don't live in a 1950s Soviet state, where failure to publicly agree with the government meant death or a trip to a labor camp. You can actually have and express independent thought.

11:39 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Good post Rob.
But I wanted to offer a counterpoint to one of your findings:
"It's possible that some of the suspected terrorists are innocent. It's doubtful, but it's possible."

There are documented cases over the past few years where Guantanamo terrorist suspects were ultimately determined to have been innocent and freed.
The first year of Guantanamo alone 300 terrorism suspects captured on the battlefield were freed, largely due to lack of evidence or because they were determined to have dubious intelligence value.
Of course, anonymous above would have had these 300 among those shot in the head without any trial.

Anyway simply type in "Guantanamo + innocent" to find several mostly MSM newsstories on these matters, including below.

1:33 PM  

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