As the first step in normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, flag-raising ceremonies weresupposed to fill Cubans and Americans alike withthe warm fuzzies. (Cuban dissidents arrested and jailed in the weeks beforethe ceremony were unavailable for comment.)
In his comments on the historic event, President Obama neglected to mention a Reuters report revealing that, as a part of the renewed relationship, Cuba would be demanding that the U.S.return Guantanamo Bay to Cuban sovereignty, a demand that Raul Castro repeated in his speech welcoming Pope Francis.
In the meantime, a team has been touring the United States looking for a new home for the prisoners currently held in Cuba, making stops at Fort Leavenworthin KansasandJoint Base Charleston in South Carolina. In response, Governors Nikki Haley and Sam Brownback sent a letter to the Department of Defense stating, “We will not be part of any illegal and ill-advised action by this Administration, especially when that action relates to importing terrorists into our states.”
TheAP reports that the search team on Tuesday started scouting outsites in Colorado.
The team planned to assess facilities at the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence and the state penitentiary in Canon City as alternatives for a “limited” number of detainees from Guantanamo, said Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.
Among the sites that are being assessed by the Pentagon team is the Supermax in Florence, Colorado, which has been dubbed “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” and already holds convicted terrorists.
Business Insiderreported on the reactions of residents of Carson City:
“This is a concentrated group of people who are bent on the destruction of America and the American way of life,” said longtime real estate agent Preston Troutman, president of Canon City’s chamber of commerce. “We don’t have the answers for that.”
Isn’t that what they call “waterboating”?