According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll Americans overwhelmingly oppose the closure of the Gaunatanmo Bay detention camp by 65%. Only 32% favor closing the base down.
54% said they would actually be upset if the base closed, and 74% oppose its closure if it meant moving some of the inmates to the respondent's state of residence.
Part of the reason opponents, and Obama himself, are so eager to see GitMo's "open for business sign" taken down is because of all the controversy it represents. Yes, maybe the biggest result of its closure would be a big symbolic break with suspected human rights abuse, torture practices (yes, waterboarding), and unethical legal proceedings. So, perhaps to many the actual geographical space matters little to many respondents.
Some Americans apparently are scared that somehow, someway if the suspected terrorists were moved to US soil they'd escape, and after years of basically being mentally and physically broken down be able to either return home and regroup with al Queda or pull of another act of terrorism. Which seems silly, doesn't it? Though, anything is possible I guess.
Which is why we'd like to reiterate our idea of shipping them off to the Alaskan tundra. Like, far far away from cultivated Alaska. So far that Sarah Palin couldn't even see the prison from the camp. If they ever got out, well they wouldn't be going far. And the idea of them making their way back to the continental US seems a lot less likely then say the terrorists escaping from GitMo and taking a make shift float to Miami.