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Burr blogs about visit to Guantanamo

Posted February 2, 2009

— A visit to the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay Monday failed to convince Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., that the facility should be closed.

Burr traveled to Cuba with three other Republican senators to get a first-hand assessment of the site in response to President Barack Obama's executive order to close the detention facility within one year.

In a post on his blog, Burr praised the "professionalism and dedication" of those who work there. He wrote," Instead of focusing on closing the facility at Guantanamo Bay, we need to think long and hard about where we can hold some of these very hardened and dangerous individuals, many of whom could never be incarcerated in the United States."


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  • cadetsfan Feb 3, 2009

    Put these guys through the legal system and stop dragging foot.

  • pbjbeach Feb 3, 2009

    I think that Mr. Burr is just like Libby Dole was an that is he is more instrested in just promoting his own personnal agenda than he is worried about what is good for or best for the citizens of north carolina thank you

  • joco cruiser Feb 3, 2009

    Since the closing of Gitmo is being done via executive order, is this trip just a waste of money or can they overturn the order?

  • ImaBee Feb 3, 2009

    Alright lets overcrowd our prisons even more and maybe instead of drug dealers sentences being shorten or just going straight to probation as it is now we'll let the murders go free as well after severing a fraction of their prison sentence so that we can hold the terrorist in prison here. We have little room in our maximum security prisons as it is. Maybe we should just use even more tax money to build facilities to hold terrorist in the U.S.

  • scientistjo Feb 2, 2009

    Miranda rights do not have to be read in order for you to be charged with a crime..this is a common misunderstanding.

    These men have a right to a trial. As you say, they are terrorists, and therefore they will be found guilty. They will spend the rest of their lives in prison. We will be taking the moral high road by proving they are guilty, therby justifying why we are holding them forever.

  • affirmativediversity Feb 2, 2009

    scientistjo and quagmire...just out of interest, what is your solution to this problems?

    Remember, the very second any of these terrorist step foot on US soil they must, under the constitution, be afford ALL the rights of a citizen. That would include the right to a speedy trial, to face their accuser, to due process, on and on and on. Since all of these terrorist were picked up in other countries (most on the battlefield) they were not Marandized, does that mean they should be set free. How about facing their accusers, does that mean they should be given access to our national security and if not, again should they be allowed to go free.

    Face it these men are terrorist. They don't even have the moral fortitude to fight under a specific countries flag, therefore they do not fall under the Geneva Convention. They were not wearing any nation's military uniform, so at best they are spies, at worse they are unclaimed cowards.

    What's your answer?

  • scientistjo Feb 2, 2009

    JustAName...Don't tell that to the many Cuban men, women, and children who make it to Florida every month. Plus, these guys will be put in maximum security. The only sunshine they will see is for MAYBE an hour/day from the inside of a room with an open ceiling, or in chains out in the yard.

  • JustAName Feb 2, 2009

    Since we have had escapes from prisons here in NC in the last year, I wouldn't call U.S. prisons the most secure. You try to escape from Gitmo, you won't get far.

  • scientistjo Feb 2, 2009

    "...many of whom could never be incarcerated in the United States."

    We couldn't hold them? So our prisons are unsatisfactory? That's a slap on the face to every employee of every prison in the United States. Aren't the employees at Gitmo American? I think we can handle it. We don't need to be in Cuba. That prison adds to the many reasons that the US is not looked at as a 'beacon of hope'.

  • Quagmire Feb 2, 2009

    While Burr is on his Caribbean vacation jobs are being lost in NC.