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  •  Well, that's an interesting thought... (0+ / 0-)

    to solicit public donations for all the attendant costs of civil trials and for start-up and ongoing detention facilities in the USA. I don't know how many millions of dollars that would require, but expect that would be "a lot".

    I'm with you on wanting Gitmo closed, and I believe that Gitmo is a stain on American history. But I'm not aware of any federal program (outside of regulated election campaigns), significant or otherwise, that has been fully funded by public donations.

    POTUS is not a dictator, and things don't happen in this country solely out of the will of whoever happens to be POTUS.

    Moreover, your opinion and mine do not represent the opinion of the overall public. Sadly, we hold a distinctly minority opinion. Consider that 51% of the public favored closure of Gitmo in January 2009. By 2010, only 39% of the public favored closure of Gitmo. By February 2012 (the most recent poll on Gitmo), only 24% of the public disapproved of Gitmo.

    According to a Washington Post poll released on February 4, 2012, 70 percent of respondents either “strongly” or “somewhat” approved of the policy of keeping the prison facility open. Only 24 percent expressed disapproval. The Post revealed that 67 percent of self-described “moderate” or “conservative Democrats” approved of keeping the prison facility open, while 53 percent of self-identified “liberal Democrats” also supported keeping Guantanamo Bay operating.
    Link.

    “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ― Chief Seattle

    by SoCalSal on Fri May 03, 2013 at 12:04:59 PM PDT

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    •  If you can come up with the money and legal (0+ / 0-)

      cover to kill people on the other side of the world with drones than you ought to be able to bring justice to people you are detaining. What would Ghandi do?

      "Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright" Curt Siodmak

      by Wisdumb on Fri May 03, 2013 at 02:32:25 PM PDT

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