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So I get a call mid-noon from a reporter at my favorite bricks-and-mortar newspaper, the Springfield Republican requesting comment (since I'm Amherst's token conservative) about a Warrant Article signed by 129 residents coming before Town Meeting this fall (a painfully outdated legislative body I first joined in 1991) concerning relocating Guantanamo Detainees to the People's Republic of Amherst.
Of course my first reaction is laughter (Only in Amherst!) and then I rant and rave a bit mentioning how peacenik, do-gooders went to Iraq in 1991 (the first Gulf War supported by 90% of America, but unanimously NOT by Amherst Town Meeting) just before coalition forces pulled the trigger and Saddam Hussein used the naive nitwits as shields.
But then she pointed out the key word "cleared"--as in, they had nothing to do with 9/11, the USS Cole sneak attack, bombing our embassies in Africa, etc. They were simply caught up in the reaction to that horrible, horrible day--forever emblazoned in our psyche as the numbers 9/11.
Although I'm sick of the bricks-and-mortar media story about how that newfangled DNA evidence proves somebody innocent who has been imprisoned for 20 years, I agree those innocent victims should be justly compensated.
Only as long as they are CLEARED: by the FBI, CIA, Justice Department, and even our little old Northwestern District Attorney. Under those conditions, bring 'em on!