Florida Congressman Wants to Move Gitmo to Alcatraz

Now that it's official -- Obama is closing the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba -- and we've all given ourselves a hearty slap on the back, the tough questions are really starting to rear their ugly heads:

What do we do with the 245 guys left in Gitmo? Especially the truly dangerous ones, who we won't be sending to Europe or their home countries?

Leave it to a Florida politician to come up with the bat-shit craziest idea yet. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, a Republican from Pinellas County, proposed yesterday in all apparent seriousness  that we ship 'em all to Alcatraz.

Sounds cool right? There's only a couple small little problems with the idea, like the fact that Alcatraz hasn't actually been a prison since 1963. Or that Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery have already demonstrated that -- with a little elbow grease and a thick Scottish accent -- you can definitely break people out of The Rock.

No one seems sure whether to take Young's proposal totally seriously, though he played it straight with Congressional Quarterly, telling the paper, "There's a lot of discomfort with the idea of bringing these people back to the United States. That's why I've suggested Alcatraz."

And he has the backing of Missouri Sen. Kit Bond. Bond may have pointed to the true motivation behind the idea, however, telling CQ, "Let our good friends in San Francisco deal with these deadly combatants."

Hah! Take that Nancy Pelosi!

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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