Recently several representatives joined with Congressman Mark Kirk in letting the president know that many in Illinois do not want their state to become Guantanamo Bay North. The closing of "Gitmo" serves only politcal purposes and would almost assuredly place many innocent Americans in harm's way.
Illinois might not be your state, but it's still your country...consider letting your own representatives know how you feel about this. Below is the text from Congressman Kirk's letter.
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave,NW
Dear Mr. President:
According to the Chicago Tribune, your Administration may transfer up to 200 Al Qaeda terrorists from their detention facility in Guantanamo Bay to a prison in Thomson, Illinois - 150milesfromChicago.
If your Administration brings Al Qaeda terrorists to Illinois, our state and the Chicago Metropolitan Area will become ground zero for Jihadist terrorist plots, recruitment and radicalization.
Furthermore, since Thomson is located in the Northern District of Illinois, any civilian prosecution of Al Qaeda terrorists would occur in Rockford or downtown Chicago. As home to America's tallest building, we should not invite Al Qaeda to make Illinois its number one target.
The United States spent more than $50 million to build the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to keep terrorists away from U.S. soil. Al Qaeda terrorists should stay where they cannot endanger American citizens.
As elected officials in the State of Illinois, we urge you to put the safety and security of Illinois families first and stop any plan to transfer Al Qaeda terrorists to our state.