In tiny, economically distressed Hardin, Mont., officials figure a brand-new, empty medium-security jail built two years ago for $27 million stands ready to have Guantanamo's displaced fill many of its 460 beds — even though the state's congressional delegation thinks it's a bad idea. Town leaders say the jail, conceived as a holding facility for drunks and other scofflaws, could be fortified with a couple of guard towers and razor wire. Many residents in Florence, Colo., also have spoken in favor of housing some of the Guantanamo detainees at the nearby federal supermax prison, which Colorado's Democratic governor, Bill Ritter, has called "well-suited" for the task.
I tend to wonder exactly how much security is actually necessary. Supermax detainees are all still just flesh and bone so anything beyond basic security measures such as steel bars and cement walls in the basic lock-up configuration is likely intended to see how inhumane we can be without having to admit it rather than serving any useful security purpose.