Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Guantanamo releasees

At a time when many Americans are recoiling at the idea of bringing Guantánamo detainees to the United States, this New England college town has sent a mutinous message: We'll take two.

The Town Meet of Amherst, a 240-member body that traditionally tackles zoning and budgets, voted Nov. 4 to offer asylum to Guantánamo captives cleared of wrongdoing but who cannot go home.

That makes Amherst the first -- and so far only -- U.S. municipality to officially offer to take in former Guantánamo detainees, if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that Congress and the Obama administration can't keep them out.

On the one hand, it's a symbolic slap at Washington from an independent-minded corner of the country that has long weighed in on foreign policy. Amherst's Town Meet has condemned human rights abuses in Darfur, apartheid in South Africa and in a 2006 voted to impeach President George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Great. They can have them.

Send every Guantanamo prisoner who we must free and release to those communities which demanded we shut Guantanamo and free them. And, make sure the releasees wear ankle bracelets so they have to stay there.

No comments: