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Why No GOP Outrage Over Failed Plane Bomber’s Detention in Michigan?

So Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged would-be bomber of Northwest Airlines Flight 253, is being detained and questioned in a federal prison in Michigan.

Iram Martins
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Dec 28, 2009

So Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged would-be bomber of Northwest Airlines Flight 253, is being detained and questioned in a federal prison in Michigan. He’s expected to appear in court today, after federal authorities indicted him yesterday. If convicted, he’ll be imprisoned in a federal prison. A federal civilian prison. Just like the one that Republican politicians said would leave American communities vulnerable if Guantanamo detainees were sent there.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), for instance, started telling residents of Standish, Mich., things that “really scared the heck” out of them after the Obama administration considered moving Guantanamo detainees to the federal prison there. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kans.) boasted about shutting down the Senate over an administration plan to move the detainees to the federal prison at Leavenworth, Kans. Both the Standish and the Leavenworth plans were dropped. But now here’s a real live aspiring terrorist — indeed, Hoekstra tweeted that the Northwest incident was “a terrorist attack” even though it failed — going to a real live federal prison on actual American soil and … nothing. It’s almost like these guys are hypocrites who don’t think through what they say before they find a bank of cameras.

Iram Martins | Personal trainer. Aspiring sommelier. Brunch critic who works part-time. When I'm not competing, you'll find me at dog beaches with my black lab or sipping drinks at the best bars in town. I like to fly a lot.


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