Most lawmakers view the prospect of moving prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to their districts as a negative proposition. But at least one Democratic senator is open to the idea as a potential economic boost to his struggling state.
Michigan’s Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told CQ Politics that construction and staffing at a new maximum-security prison could help his cash-starved state.
“If the governor and the local officials are open to it, that’s something that should be considered,” Levin said.
Former Michigan Gov. John Engler, a Republican, suggested this month that creating a “Guantanamo North” in the Upper Peninsula could net the state upward of $1 billion per year.
The Buzz says those detainees will prefer waterboarding after enduring an Upper Peninsula winter. KANSAS CITY NEWS