Now the Republicans are really reaching

A Guantanamo inmate has been transferred to U.S. soil for trial.

The first terrorism suspect to be brought from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States for trial appeared Tuesday in federal court in New York, where he pleaded not guilty to 286 murder and conspiracy charges in the bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

Okay, this all seems to be on the right track. The man is being given a trial because, despite probably being a terrorist, he is still a human being. He has rights that are not unique to Americans. But wait! That has nothing to do with why he’s here.

But conservative lawmakers opposed to closing Guantanamo lashed out at moving Ghailani into the U.S. justice system. “This is the first step in the Democrats’ plan to import terrorists into America,” House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement.

Wow. Boehner apparently thinks the Obama administration is setting up terrorist training camps. I know there’s spin in politics, but this is just absurd. Beside that, aren’t U.S. prisons already terrorist training camps? We send non-violent and minorly violent offenders to prison where they learn how to be better – and more violent – criminals. And isn’t it the Republican stupidity of “HE IZ SOFTORZ ON CRIME!!1!” that got us in this mess?

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