Nancy Pelosi: Sufferer of the NIMBY syndrome?

Posted by: ST on January 25, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Fox News reports on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s response to the suggestion that Alcatraz be re-opened to house the remaining Gitmo detainees once Gitmo has been closed:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday shrugged off Republican suggestions that the federal government reopen Alcatraz prison in her San Francisco district to house detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

President Obama this week signed an executive order calling for the closure of the prison at Guantanamo within the year. Republican Rep. Bill Young then suggested to White House counsel Greg Craig that the prisoners who could not be released back to their home countries or sent to a third country be put up in “the Rock,” the famous military installation and prison that closed down in 1963 and is now part of the National Park Service.

Asked whether that was a serious proposal, Pelosi said, “It is — no.”

“Perhaps he’s not visited Alcatraz,” Pelosi said of Young while displaying little sense of humor. “Alcatraz is a tourist attraction. It’s a prison that is now sort of like a — it’s a national park.”

That explanation didn’t stop House Minority Leader John Boehner from repeating the suggestion on Sunday, making that point that closing down Guantanamo by year’s end may not be the best plan considering the recidivism rate of terrorist detainees is about 12 percent.

“If liberals believe they ought to go, maybe we ought to open Alcatraz,” Boehner, R-Ohio, told NBC “Meet the Press.” Being reminded that Alcatraz is a national park, Boehner responded, “It’s very secure.”

What do you think?

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8 Responses to “Nancy Pelosi: Sufferer of the NIMBY syndrome?”


  1. Kind of reminds me of Ted Kennedy being in favor of alternative energy, unless it spoils the view from his property.

    Alcatraz is actually not a bad idea. I suggested to a friend that we use one of the more remote Aleutian Islands. Not only would they be yearning for the warmth of Gitmo, but any who escaped could be picked off by Governor Palin at long range from her office window. :d

  2. Dana says:

    Am I allowed to suggest that we put them all on a boat headed back for the Middle East, and send them half way home?

    This is where President Bush made a major mistake: he wanted to punish these guys, but should have declared them prisoners of war. In that way, they could be held, period, until the end of the war. Unless we were going to execute them — and no, we weren’t — their only punishment for crimes would be jail, and they’d already be incarcerated as POWs.

  3. Proof says:

    Obama wants to spend money for infrastructure, well, Alcatraz would need renovation. There’s a bunch of good jobs right there! Plus, all the water taxi jobs ferrying workers, food and supplies to the Rock.

    Plus, you could keep the jihadists right there where all the good liberals who wanted to close Gitmo can keep their eyes on them!

  4. Nina says:

    Maybe we can put her in alcatraz

  5. Neo says:

    As an alternative, Nancy suggested that the al Qaeda detainees stay at her house in San Fransisco as she is usually in DC and it’s the patritoic thing to do.

    Way to go Nancy !!

  6. Annie says:

    I LOVE the idea! I am a conservative living an hour South of San Francisco (there are a few of us who exist here believe it or not) and I would be more than happy to see the detainees moved to Alcatraz. It would make my loud-mouthed-liberal neighbors apoplectic (I already hear their rantings on a regular basis anyway, I might as well get some enjoyment out of it!). It would be great if they would also send all of the urine-stained, money-grubbing, drug-addicts who have been allowed to take over the city to the Rock, too, so the rest of us can visit once again with our children (I can’t stand going there anymore because it’s so disgusting and I have to explain to my kids why the rat-haired people covered in their own defecation are demanding money from us and/or are shouting obscenities at their hallucinations).

  7. …the rat-haired people covered in their own defecation are demanding money from us and/or are shouting obscenities at their hallucinations).

    Oh, come on, Annie. That’s no way to talk about the SF board of supervisors. ;))

  8. Jerry in Detroit says:

    Why bother with Alcatraz? Just turn them loose on the streets of San Francisco. All the peace and love will make them see the light. If not, some of the surviving moonbats will begin to get the idea of who we are dealing with.