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Sen. Orrin Hatch sends mixed messages about his position on bringing detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the continental U.S.

Published March 14, 2009 12:15AM (EDT)

On Thursday, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, took to the floor of the Senate in order to express his vehement opposition to the idea of closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay and transferring the detainees currently held there to facilities in the lower 48.

Judging from Hatch's Twitter feed and a press release issued by his office, this appears to be his favorite quote from that speech:

Bringing these detainees to the continental United States is tantamount to injecting a virus into a healthy body.

Yes, folks, you heard it here first: Orrin Hatch opposes a plan that he believes is equivalent to the smallpox vaccine.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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