ICE Won't Honor Detainer on Illegal Alien Rapist in FL, So He's Walking...
Biden Arrests a Journalist
America Desperately Needs Reagan
Government Intrusion Where it Does not Belong
A New York Times Propaganda Anniversary That Will Live in Infamy
Eric Adams Says Giving Pre-Paid Credit Cards to Illegal Migrants Is 'Smart' and...
Two of the Nation's Largest Pharmacy Chains Will Start Selling Abortion Pills
Will This Be Mitch McConnell's Replacement?
James Biden Reveals Joe Received Thousands of Dollars From China
Trump Lawyers Put Final Nails in Fani Willis's Coffin
Chicago Public Schools Will Be Even More Dangerous Without School Resource Officers
The Latest Despicable Anti-Israel Lie
Time To Take On The Satanic Temple
Illegal Guatemalan Migrants Convicted of Sexual Assault On Children Arrested In the US
Friends With Benefits: Why This Company Is Exempt From Gavin Newsom's $20 Minimum...
Tipsheet

Largest Gitmo Transfer Since 2007 Underway

President Obama said he’s gunning to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and he’s starting by emptying the cell blocks that have housed suspected terrorists since it opened in 2002. Right now, the administration is on the verge of the largest detainee transfer in a single month since 2007 (via NYT):

Advertisement

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has notified Congress in recent days that he has approved 17 proposed transfers of lower-level detainees, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss matters that have not yet been made public. Congress has required Mr. Carter to certify that security standards have been met at least 30 days before any transfers.

President Obama wants to close the Guantánamo prison in Cuba before he leaves office in a little over a year. His administration has stepped up efforts to find countries to take 48 detainees on a transfer list and moved to speed up the work of a parole-like board that might approve the release of others who are currently recommended for indefinite detention.

The Republican-led Congress, however, has shown little interest in lifting a ban on bringing any detainees to a prison inside the United States, which is Mr. Obama’s plan for those who are either facing trial or are deemed too dangerous to release.

[…]

The commander who oversees the military base, Gen. John F. Kelly, has created new rules that will limit reporters to four “media day” trips a year in which large groups will come and depart the same day. Reporters will generally no longer be permitted to go inside the prison camp’s walls.

In a telephone interview, General Kelly connected his decision “to tighten things up a little bit, particularly on the scheduling” for news media visits, in part to what he described as a sharp rise in visits by delegations from foreign governments that are considering resettling detainees.

The operational strains of handling such visitors, he said, formed the backdrop to an episode in October that focused his attention on rules for visits. He said that a journalist, whom he would not identify, was “extremely impolite” during an interaction with a service member who worked at a detainee library.

Advertisement

The problem is that there's little support to bring those detainees deemed to risky to release onto U.S. soil due to security concerns. Intense political pressure forced then-Attorney General Eric Holder to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, and four other conspirators by a military commission, instead of the planned civil trial in New York City. Those feelings haven't subsided, as a judge refused to allow Mohammed to testify in a terror trial involving Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law in 2014. In Kansas, residents are already voicing their opposition to having such detainees transferred to Fort Leavenworth.

Moreover, it doesn’t help the Obama administration’s case that a former detainee is now the leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen, along with 20-30 detainees, some of whom were released as little as three years ago, joining the Islamic State.

Join the conversation as a VIP Member

Recommended

Trending on Townhall Videos

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement