For reference... here's a more recent article -- Standish is a relatively blighted town in Michigan that derives a significant portion of its economy from a max security prison that is being closed. Locals as well as state officials have been trying to avoid closing the facility by either converting it to house overflow inmates from CA (I have issues with this, too, but they're not my focus here) or to house Guantanamo detainees. Michigan is also my state of birth and I began living here again, after several years of absence, a month ago. I feel sympathetic that this town is blighted and that this is an important source of income and that these individuals working the prison stand to lose their jobs... I don't have any problems with the detainees being in Michigan, itself, either. But I still have not budged on the idea that, even with the new administration's improvements, this detention program is still not consistent with American values and is doubtfully consistent with domestic or international law. I still don't like the idea of classifying individuals too dangerous to be release or be tried by some internationally accepted means (either civilian or, less compellingly to me, military trials). So I'm left feeling liking our local and state officials are trading basic American values for a temporary, band-aid solution to their (serious) economic woes. I do think these things are temporary, too -- while prisons may be necessary at some level, they're not the answer to rebuilding the Michigan economy. And I really do mean basic American values -- this idea that people in this country should not be imprisoned without due process is one of the main issues that led to the Revolution.