An Old Soldiers View | Close GITMO Now!

Visit Sunny Alaska, You'll never want to leave!!
Visit Sunny Alaska, You'll never want to leave!!

Well here we are it’s been a year since president Obama signed the Executive Order to close the Terrorist Holding Facility on GITMO. I finally have come to the conclusion that it may in fact be a good idea. Now the problem that arose after President Obama signed the order was, “Well where do you put these guys?” The administration came up with a little used prison near Thomasville Illinois.. I and many others don’t think that’s necessarily a good idea. Even though it’s out in the country and relatively secure, from an insurgent point of view the fact that it’s approachable by land makes it a possible target for a deep penetration rescue mission staged say through Mexico or Canada.

Now lots of folks world wide have also said GITMO is a recruiting tool for Al Queada. Well I think that’s a load of hoooey and think that the more likely recruiting tool here is the idea “Hey look even if you get caught you’ll be able to chill at GITMO in tropic breezes and plenty of comfort. You’ll get three hots and a cot and regular showers and prayer times, even a new Koran courtesy of the US Taxpayer! Life will be good.”

After all we were attacked many times before GITMO and will be after we move it. The fact that we have an enemy POW camp for these guys should be a mute point. So instead of giving these folks a recruiting aid, lets go ahead and move it to a place that might well inspire a bit of fear instead.

I therefore propose we move GITMO to one of the two Islands indicated on the attached map. We could also establish the Federal Court, Attorney Gen Holder wants these guys tried in; right there on the island. No need to clog up New York, would well reduce costs as you’d already have snipers in the Towers. The assigned staff could easily add an igloo or two for defense attorneys as well. Wouldn’t need too serious a fence and in fact you could anchor a medium size boat say half a mile off shore and tell the detainees, any time you want to go just let us know and we’ll let you swim for it! In fact if we find these guys innocent, well hey we could just let them go! Give $50 and a new suit and shove ‘em out the gate. See ya!

Two New Locations for GITMO
Two New Locations for GITMO

Now to prevent rescue efforts it is easy to install the necessary radar to monitor the ocean around the island. Staffing would probably be about the same as GITMO is now but hey make it a short tour for the MP’s, we do after all have Military Installations in Alaska already so this would present no particular difficulty in fact I would bet that even given the hardships you’d have plenty of Abu Ghraib vets ready to volunteer for the duty.

No matter how you look at it, this is and idea that should be seriously considered on the merits stated above and it would in fact be a better use of our tax dollars than the one in Illinois. Might actually serve as a deterrent. Just an Old Soldiers Thoughts…

More by this Author

Comments 27 comments

eovery profile image

eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Hey, From the title , I thought you had lost it, but now I totally agree. The Bearing Sea area would be a great location.

Keep on hubbing!

Tom Whitworth profile image

Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Looks like the ideal place to me. Good idea Hmr!!!!!!!!!!!

Only guard the eastern side.

Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

eovery - Gotcha! Hoooah!

Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Tom - Just figuring if you gotta hold em make it hurt!! Hooah!

Pamela99 profile image

Pamela99 7 years ago from United States

Fabulous idea! I don't like them being placed anywhere in the continental US. Then, you have visitors, US citizens receiving US citizen, more cost to taxpayers, possible excapes which makes your plan perfect1

amulets profile image

amulets 7 years ago from Singapore

Sounds like a good idea. It is safer and freeing up the main land.

Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

amulets yep better all around much Thanks for stopping by!

50 Caliber profile image

50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

Good idea! I like it. If they want to leave let them swim for it lol human ice cubes, and the whales need food too.

Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

50 Cal You're catching my 'Drift' my friend! Thanks for stopping By!

maven101 profile image

maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

Brings new meaning to the words " Cold War "...I love it..Larry

Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks Larry maybe we should start forwarding this link to our congressmen!!

Springboard profile image

Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

I was relieved to read on, because the title suggested to me I was inadvertently following a nut. I thought, close GITMO? A former marine? An American patriot? Close GITMO?

Must have been some strange gasses that got sniffed up in a place or two defending the country that suddenly took hold and fried your brains to an unrecognizable goo.

But no. I think you've got something actually. This is not a bad idea at all. Swim for it if you wanna go. You could even give them a life preserver. I don't think they'd get very far considering the 30-40 degree water might pose a bit of a problem for them. And 50 cal...I never thought of the whales.

Very relieved indeed. ;)

Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Springboard - Got to clear something up here, I have never been a marine, I am a retired Simple Old Soldier, as for my brains they have been that way for some time, how else am i supposed to see things through my twisted lens of life?

Glad you liked it though and lets circulate it to our elected officials and get them on the bandwagon eh? Thanks!!

GusTheRedneck profile image

GusTheRedneck 7 years ago from USA

Big John - I had a buddy who was stationed on Adak (Aleution Islands) during WW-2. He told me that the only thing they had to look forward to was the landing of the "beer boat" once a month. He said they all went nuts because the place was pure boredom, a rain and fog-soaked rock in the middle of nothing, and freezing cold all the time. The terrorists would have one big advantage, however. They are all already nuts. Nice article, Friend !

Gus :-)))

Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Gus - I have to say duty in the Aleutians is not something I would envy anybody. Beer Boast so sound good though! Thanks :D

ladyjane1 profile image

ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

Sounds like a pretty good idea to me guy, your really thinking on the right track. Now go make some more food. lol

Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

LJ- Okay DOkay ! Thanks for stopping by!

breakfastpop profile image

breakfastpop 7 years ago

Brilliant idea, it makes perfect sense. Are the waters filled with man-eating sharks, because that would be built in security?

Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks BPOP - See, my Long Range Recon Missions are paying off! :D :D :D See ya at Breakfast or the Inn!

Army Infantry Mom profile image

Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

you scarred me for a minute,.. LOL. I love your idea,.. i suggest you send this hub to the appropriate people, not sure who they are but I am confident you know. Have you ever considered running for a government postion,.. they sure could use a guy like you,.. Hell America needs a guy like you !!! HOoAH and a Big High Five on your idea !!!

Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

AIM - Thanks for stopping by, we all got to send it to our own reps to get a national response.. Hooah!

Tammy Lochmann profile image

Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

An island in the middle of the Bering Sea has to be the most brilliant idea I have ever heard. I think the desert is too good for a terrorist. There is no way someone could escape and the cold would certainly deter them from even going outside. That is the most inhospitable place in the whole world.

I agree with AIM you are smarter than most of the politicians that I have ever met. I'll back you for sure. Great Hub I enjoyed it.

Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Tammy - Your kind words humble me, Thanks so much and help pass the idea along...Hoooah!

girlpower profile image

girlpower 6 years ago from eugene oregon

great hub, sounds like a good idea, an island off the shore of alaska, the climate is inhospitable and no one would try and escape. You should send your hub or a letter to the Justice dept or the white house office office of public engagement. I had not thought about all the backlash of having it deep in America which may encourage those so inclined to attack to set them free.

Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

girlpower - Thanks For stopping by! Pass the Link along and Keep on Hubbing!!

Pink Mingos profile image

Pink Mingos 6 years ago from Mars

nah, I KNEW there was a clever punch coming as soon as I read the title!

I did for a second think you were maybe going to suggest Alcatraz. Not quite as cold though. Then too, you have to worry about the "flower children" trying to row a boat out there and rescue them ..

I like your idea, we could even let them choose which of the two islands they wanted to live on. Never let it be said that we're not a gracious host! :)

Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

PM - I think this could pick up steam if it stays out there long enough and Eric Holder keeps doing what he's doing!! Thanks! :D

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article