Hey, Speaker Pelosi – How About ‘Progressively’ Placing Gitmo Terrorists In Alcatraz?

Posted on Tue 06/16/2009 by


By Leslie Sacks.

20080313_NPNancy Pelosi – our water-boarding, flip-flopping Speaker of the House – needs to rise to the occasion of her own making and offer up Alcatraz Island as the new home for all 241 inmates in GuantanamoBay. If Sarah Palin can see Russia from her Alaskan front porch, why can’t Pelosi enjoy her morning herbal tea whilst watching the mist waft in amongst the cells of some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists and murderers?

The San Francisco of Alice B. Toklas, Allen Ginsberg and Harvey Milk should seize the opportunity to blaze yet another “progressive” trail for the rest of the country. By putting their (substantial) monies where their (ever-moving) mouths are, Pelosi and her constituents can extend the city’s famous embrace of “alternative lifestyles” to the most nefarious enemies of our most precious union. Inmates’ hatreds for Jews, gays, and infidels of all stripes could be soothed by a daily (and mandatory) regimen of yoga, taught by burka-clad instructors. Their bloodlust could be tackled by the unique prescriptions of homeopaths and the meditative effects of the latest in multi-cultural fusion, Koran chant.

Ponder for a moment history’s mostly forgotten lessons. During the Second World War – aka the “Good War” – we interned over 400,000 prisoners of war right here in the United States, with another 1.6 million housed elsewhere. Imagine a former-day Pelosi or the ACLU prevailing on the Senate, Congress and U.S. Court system to extend our substantial and just laws and protections to these two million POWs. Hitler and the Japanese might not have needed to prosecute the war after all: our justice system would have ground to a debilitating halt, and the costs would have put us in permanent penury. Habeas corpus and the (then) unavailability of significant evidence would have ensured most, if not all, a quick pass to “GO.” Even if most were deported, imagine the self-destructive time bomb represented by the release of even a fraction of these two-million avowed Nazis and otherwise fascistic soldiers into the United States of America.

We are still fighting a vicious war – roughly 8,000 Americans have died, 3,000 on September 11th and 5,000 of our bravest since. Hitler’s war ended when we bombed Dresden, invaded Germany and buried his totalitarian regime; the Japanese surrender required history’s only use of a nuclear weapon. Unfortunately, al Qaeda doesn’t leave a return address and this war may drag on for years – even decades. History has shown us valid, reasonable and successful rules of engagement. We deny them at our peril.

FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Leslie Sacks is an art dealer and gallerist in Los Angeles.

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