Montana town wants Gitmo prisoners

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    HARDIN, Montana (CNN) -- The tiny town of Hardin, Montana, is offering an answer to a very thorny question: Where should the nation put terror detainees if the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is shut down by the end of the year as President Obama has pledged?

    Hardin, Montana, says the Two Rivers Regional Detention Facility should be used for Gitmo detainees.

    Hardin, population 3,400, sits in the southeast corner of Montana, in the state's poorest county. Its small downtown is almost deserted at midday. The Dollar Store is going out of business. The Hardin Mini Mall is already shut. The town needs jobs -- and fast.

    Hardin borrowed $27 million through bonds to build the Two Rivers Regional Correctional Facility in hopes of creating new employment opportunities. The jail was ready for prisoners two years ago, but has yet to house a single prisoner.

    People here say politics in the capital of Helena has kept it empty. But the city council last month voted 5-0 to back a proposal to bring Gitmo detainees -- some of the most hardened terrorists in the world -- to the facility.

    "It would bring jobs. Believe it or not, it would even bring hope and opportunity," Greg Smith, Hardin's economic development director, told CNN.

    Hard-luck Montana town pushes to house Gitmo detainees - CNN.com
     
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    If we have to house them on US soil, I think a town that volunteers in order to create jobs is a good selection.
     
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    See no reason not to do it.
     
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    Bad idea...
     

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    Yeah, that target will be great for all the bombers Al-Queda is totally going to fly over Montana.
     
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    lol!!!
     
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    Has anyone asked what the rest of the population of Montana wants? Seems that 3400 shouldn't dictate to the rest of the populous. Just sayin...
     
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    Are there other options? If so,what are they?

    I wonder why a brand new prison hasn't been used for 2 years? Seems like a big waste of money to me, they need to find a way to use that place.
     
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    My older sister and brother in law live in Montana. I'm going to email them that article and ask them what they think.
     
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