Release Terrorists – Prosecute Bush!
Vol: 88 Issue: 22 Thursday, January 22, 2009
President Barack Hussein Obama has already made good on his campaign promise that the first thing he’d do upon taking power is to close Gitmo.
“In view of the significant concerns raised by these detentions, both within the United States and internationally, prompt and appropriate disposition of the individuals currently detained at Guantanamo and closure of the facility would further the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice,” said the draft executive order that would close Guantanamo, (appropriately posted on the ALCU’s website.)
The executive order was one of three expected on how to interrogate and prosecute al-Qaida, Taliban or other foreign fighters believed to threaten the United States.
A few hours after his inauguration, Obama ordered the suspension of military trials for the remaining detainees. The new order provides for a diplomatic offensive to transfer some of the detainees.
It also stipulates an immediate assessment of Guantanamo itself to ensure the detainees are held in conditions that meet the ‘humanitarian requirements of the Geneva Convention’.
(No similar assessment reviews are planned to confirm that the Taliban are also treating their prisoners in accordance with the Geneva Conventions — before they are tortured and decapitated.)
“This is the first ray of sunlight in what has been eight long years of darkness, of trampling on America’s treasured values of justice and due process,” ACLU said in a statement.
“The order is remarkable in its timing and its clear intent to close down Guantanamo and unequivocally halt the Bush administration’s shameful military commissions.”
“With the stroke of a pen, President Obama will make great progress toward restoring America’s moral authority,” said Jennifer Daskal, HRW senior counterterrorism counsel. “By shutting down a global symbol of abuse, he will deprive terrorists of a powerful recruitment tool.”
These people actually went to college and everything?
Liberals think that 250 or so terrorists at Gitmo will be so grateful at being released they’ll do what liberals do after they get out of prison — write books, go on the lecture circuit and get rich criticizing the system.
The criminally-stupid John “Jack” Murtha, (D. Pa.) went on the airwaves to invite Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Ramsi bin Alshib to come stay in his district in Western Pennsylvania.
He says he doesn’t have a maximum security federal prison, but thinks his district’s minimum security facility will be just fine.
It is a source of endless fascination to me that liberals oppose prosecuting the planners of the 9/11 attacks, while actively planning criminal prosecutions for members of the Bush administration.
This is what is called ‘progressive’ thinking. In normal thinking, the enemy is the one to attack and your side is the one to defend.
But in progressive thinking, one looks beyond that to see that the enemy had no choice but to attack us the way they did, considering our relative size.
Our disproportionate response only served to anger him more, thereby providing him with a powerful recruitment tool. Here’s how that thinking operates.
Recruiter: “If you attack America, they’ll either kill you or imprison you forever!”
Recruit: “Really? Cool. Where do I sign!”
But here’s the way the liberals think it will be under Obama’s plan.
Recruiter: “If you attack America, they are unlikely to do anything to you in return.”
Recruit: “Really? What a great place America is! Not interested. Sorry.”
It’s only Day Two and America is already taking on something of the surreal in both its public statements and private actions.
First off, the MAJORITY of Americans of all political persuasions oppose closing Gitmo. Not everybody believes that moving Ramsi bin Alshib to Pittsburg will stymie al-Qaeda’s recruiting operations. The majority think that importing terrorists into America is, what’s the word . . . ah! stupid!
Shouldn’t that count? In a word, no. The Obama administration is made up entirely of Democrats — what do they care what the majority thinks?
It isn’t just Gitmo — Obama plans to either try or release all the detainees being held by the CIA worldwide. There are 800 terrorists being held at the Baghram airbase alone — any one of whom would cut your throat without hesitation.
Still, I’m astonished that Obama made closing Gitmo his first official act. It is one thing to promise to close Gitmo in order to woo liberals, it is altogether something else to actually do so.
It’s fairly obvious they aren’t too concerned about the damage another attack on America might incur on its victims. But it is amazing that nobody has calculated the political damage such an attack might do to the Obama administration.
That’s a lot to risk on principle – particularly since so far, we’ve seen very little evidence to suggest Mr. Obama or any of his top advisors have any.
But we’re only on Day Two. I could be wrong.