Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Dick Cheney's example of the worst terrorist in the world
The United States currently has the largest prison population in the world.
In these prisons we house some of the most dangerous humans in the world including mass murderers much more dangerous than the Gitmo prisoners, many of whom have not even committed crimes but were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The need for housing them in US facilities is so that the US government can prove in court that these individuals, many arrested when they were children, are really criminals.
Most of the remaining Gitmo prisoners have been held for over five years in a rickety prison hastily built in Cuba to handle them. They are guarded by “military” prison guards and not by “professional” guards that make their skills a lifetime job. In over six years, none have escaped from Gitmo.
Pelican Bay State Prison is a “supermax” facility in California that opened in 1989 that houses some of California's most dangerous inmates.
There are 3,301 prisoners and 99% of them are level 4 Maximum Security risks. They are the worst of the worst.
These inmates are held 22.5 hours per day in very plain cells and one hour alone in a small indoor exercise yard.
Yet, prisons like this cannot house the noncombatants from Guantanamo Bay?
As Jon Stewart of the Daily Show asked, ”What are they? F*cking warlocks?”