It seems there is no limit to how much absurdity the U.S. political system can create. Unnecessary intervention into the issue by legislative and
judicial elements, as well as unwarranted involvement by the general public, may lead to an unprecedented union of federal bureaucracy. The Department
of Defense, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, and Homeland Security, would jointly operate and facilitate the necessary actions needed to
resolve the Guantanamo Bay issue. Presumably, the Department of Justice would oversee the legal proceedings concerning the detainees. In addition,
they would ensure proper and legal judicial administration by the parties involved to minimize further risk of litigation against the Government. The
Department of Homeland security is a necessary partner given that the two proposed locations are within the Continental United States. As such, it is
much more convenient, and legal, to have a civilian security agency involved with such matters. The Department of Defense is the primary source of
intelligence, with regards to the detainees, and the agency charged with defeating such terror elements world wide. Their involvement is paramount,
and therefore necessary.
Personally, I am not opposed to this concept, in principle. That is, provided it can function first and foremost in a secure, reasonable, expedient,
and isolated (specific) manner. What I do oppose, however, is the atmosphere which fosters and regards a joint bureaucracy as a more efficient, fair,
and constitutional mechanism of operation. This over complication, this subversion of the constitution, with respect to foreign nationals, is to me
repulsive. The inclusion of civilian agencies and further legislative proceedings in a self created environment of political limbo and uncertainty is
unacceptable. As such, we might not only house these individuals in the continental United States, but we might create a semi-unprecedented system,
the consequences of which cannot be fully anticipated and appreciated.
It does not escape me that this will alarm some. However, it is precisely such individuals who are the primary cause of this situation. Indeed the
political instability created by the activism over this issue cannot go without mention. As such, an issue which was isolated outside the United
States, and dealt with by an agency rarely used in domestic civil operations, may now be relocated in the United States and also administered by
agencies readily used in domestic civil operations. In short, do not create self fulfilling prophecies, and be careful of what you wish for.
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[edit on 2-8-2009 by WestPoint23]