Enthusiasts for closing down Guantanamo Bay as a prisoner for battlefield detainees rarely specify where they would re-locate prisoners. Close attention should be paid to this story from the UK's left wing newspaper, The Guardian:
Hat tip: Joe Crowley
Prison officers are struggling to control a group of al-Qaeda terrorists who are clashing with other serious offenders in one of Britain's high-security jails.
Frankland Prison, County Durham, holds an estimated 20 al-Qaeda members and sympathisers, serving long sentences for planning atrocities in the United Kingdom and abroad. They include Dhiren Barot, who was jailed for 30 years, and Omar Khyam, jailed for at least 20 years, for plotting to blow up the Bluewater shopping centre and the Ministry of Sound nightclub.
In recent weeks three disturbances have taken place at the prison. The Prison Officers Association (POA) said many of those involved had been moved to Frankland from Belmarsh Prison in London. 'They don't want to be in Frankland; they want to be in Belmarsh with their friends. They are getting more organised and want to be together in one place, which is scary,' said Steve Gough, vice-chairman of the POA.
Gough warned that the increasing regularity of the disturbances was becoming a serious problem. 'We are struggling to contain it,' he said. 'It's having an effect on other prisoners.'