By Michelle Malkin
Liberal readers have scoffed at my repeated warnings about the dangerous prospect of an enemy combatant dump on American soil. Over the years, I’ve flagged the Obama administration’s scouting forays in Illinois, Kansas and South Carolina. Now, the White House is considering my adopted home, Colorado, as the new digs for the dregs of Gitmo.
If there was ever a time for Coloradans of all political stripes to unite under the “Not in My Backyard” banner, this is it. The feds have already polluted our waters in the name of protecting us. Nobody at the EPA has paid any price for the disastrous Gold King Mine spill that turned the Animas River brighter than a Halloween pumpkin. The last thing we need is an influx of feckless Obama bureaucrats flooding our state’s correctional facilities with jihadists in orange jumpsuits (in the name of national security, of course).
What part of “Leave us the hell alone!” don’t they understand?
On Friday, White House officials disclosed to the press that a U.S. Defense Department fishing expedition will take place over the next two weeks at both state and federal prisons here in the Rocky Mountain State. One of the potential Gitmo Extended Stay America sites is a medium-security area of supermax — home of convicted 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, shoe bomber Richard Reid, 1993 World Trade Center plotter Ramzi Yousef, millennium bomb plotter Ahmed Ressam, “dirty bomb” plotter Jose Padilla and 1998 African U.S. embassy bomb plotter Wadih el-Hage.
President Obama has bragged repeatedly about his administration’s ability to ensure public safety inside and outside any jihadist hotels in our own backyards. But despite the supposedly strictest security measures imposed of them, the pre-existing stateside supermax terrorist population has caused numerous headaches from day one — sending jailhouse letters to terror cell correspondents around the world; communicating by tapping on the pipes; organizing hunger strikes to force Bureau of Prisons officials to transfer them away from high-security detention; and suing successfully for the right to spread Islam behind bars to other inmates. (That last victory came at the hands of shoe bomber Reid, himself a Muslim convert by an extremist imam he met in a British prison before his failed attempt to bring down American Airlines Flight 63 in 2001.)
Let’s not forget that convicted WTC mastermind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, aided by terrorists’ little helper Lynne Stewart, smuggled coded messages of Islamic violence while behind bars to violent outside followers despite a judicial isolation order. After serving less than half of her 10-year sentence for aiding terrorism, Stewart walked free in January 2014 thanks to President Obama’s “compassion” order..