Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Is rural Illinois becoming a military zone? :-)
Very rarely do I discuss anything political, but this one has been on my mind lately, especially after hearing an interview on NPR last Wednesday about Blackwater.
You've probably heard of Blackwater, right? Remember, during the Iraq war, the "private" military company hired by our government to do "peacekeeping" and other duties in Iraq (or be a private army of the US, take whichever term you prefer). You probably remember the huge debacle when members of this company opened fire on civilians in Iraq. The company gained such a bad reputation that they changed their name to "Xe" to avoid recognition in the future.
What you probably don't know, unless you live near me, is that this company has a "training area" in the next county over from mine. Makes me shiver. Or gag. At least grimace. It was written up in our local papers a year or two ago, and there have been a few small demonstrations, also mentioned in our papers, on the gravel road where it is located.
I believe it is some sort of sniper training area. My memory is a bit shady here, but I believe the area is used for sharp-shooting. Nice! .....er, not.
So, now I have to tell you about the latest news to reach us. Our area is to receive prisoners previously held at Guantanamo Bay. Lucky us!!! A city called Thomson will be host, and is located in another county which borders mine. There is a maximum-security state prison there which was built, then never opened due to budget problems (love them there politicians!). So, the federal government will be purchasing this prison from the state of Illinois and using it to house the Guantanamo detainees as well as other very nasty federal prisoners.
Great use of our agricultural area right there, I'd say. :-)
Gives me the creeps.
Till next time...
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