Bob McDonnell says he opposes transferring Guantanamo Bay prisoners into any Virginia facilities. For the record, I’d be perfectly happy to have them in Virginia. Hell, I’d be happy to have them right here in Albemarle County, in any place that’s appropriate for a prison facility of that size.
McDonnell describes these guys as “some of the most dangerous men in the world,” but I call bullshit. Though some small fraction of these guys might be dangerous in the abstract—you probably wouldn’t want them on the loose around a bunch of allies with access to weapons—most of that subset is surely significantly less dangerous than some of the violent felons in our most secure facilities. We’re holding a bunch of these guys because it’s not safe for them to send them home, but no other country wants them. Others are pussycats who despise the U.S. and would love to see it violently overthrown. If I’ve got a choice between living near a prison that houses guys who rip off old ladies faces and wear them like ski masks and some dude being held because this other guy who once knew his old roommate says that he once worked as a driver for a guy who knew Osama bin Laden, I know which one I’ll pick.
For a guy who says he supports creating jobs in Virginia, McDonnell sure isn’t doing much for the employment of prison guards or construction workers.