(Lane Christiansen/chicago Tribune Via Associated Press)
Despite opposition from congressional Republicans, the Obama administration is signaling that a state prison in rural Thomson, Ill., will probably become the new home for scores of terrorism suspects now housed at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Oh noes! Batten down the hatches! The terrorists will be released the second they hit Illinois soil and make a mad rush for your children's swing sets!
What-oh-what will the president do to calm frayed GOP nerves and paranoia? Xanax? Valium?
To reassure skeptical Republicans, they emphasized security.
If all goes well, administration sources involved in closing the Guantanamo Bay prison anticipate a handover of the Thomson facility by late winter. It would then take several months to prepare the prison to a level "beyond supermax" and put the staff in place, according to federal estimates.
That's it. Thomson will be Ground Zero for Bad Guy Central. Plot after evil plot will be hatched. Never mind that we already have convicted terrorists safely locked away with no escapes, no havoc, no Al Qaeda recruitment offices opening up within prison walls.
In other words, politicizing as usual is a big fat waste of time:
"We can defeat Republican efforts to stop this," said Schakowsky, who contends the GOP is "'absolutely politicizing the situation. They're looking for any angle that would make the president somehow look soft on terrorists. Fear, in the past, has been their friend."
So it's true: You can judge a person by who their friends are.