Beverly Perlson, political activist and founder of The Band of Mothers, will appear as a guest on Fox & Friends Saturday morning during the 5 a.m (Eastern) hour to talk about the strong possibility of hundreds of detainees being relocated from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility in Cuba to tiny Thomson, Ill.
Perlson’s appearance comes after Wednesday’s announcement that the federal government will purchase the community’s long-empty, state-owned prison for $165 million in a deal endorsed by President Barack Obama.
This is not the first time such exploitation has been tried against citizens in the economically-depressed town of almost 600. The same thing was tried three years ago — with the false promise of 1,100 new jobs — but this the first time it’s gotten this far.
Several high-ranking Illinois Democrats — including Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn — are to blame, but they’re denying that the sale will lead to the prison being filled with ex-GITMO detainees — including many confirmed and suspected terrorists. Instead, they’re focusing only on their claim that the sale will lead to jobs. That’s their “sales pitch.” Until the election that is.
Be sure to wake up and watch Fox News Channel early Saturday morning for more details — and share this news!
UPDATE 10/06/2012 at 9:45 a.m. Central: Here’s a link to the video of Perlson’s appearance on Fox & Friends.
See also: Rep. Frank Wolf’s (R-Va.) letter (dated July 27, 2012) to Attorney General Eric Holder about the Thomson Prison issue and Rep. Peter King’s (R-N.Y.) letter to President Obama in which he suggested five alternative uses for the estimated $165 million that the Administration will spend to acquire the prison.
Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.