Radical Terrorists: Coming Soon to a City near You!
Apparently, it wasn’t enough to invite terrorists into America as part of an unvetted refugee pool. Now the president wants to fly them here personally as part of his stubborn plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. The Cuban facility has been a target of the president’s since his initial campaign in 2008, and he’s tried for more than seven years – unsuccessfully — to persuade Congress of the idea’s merits.
Unfortunately for him, Democrats and Republicans have been so overwhelmingly opposed to the idea that they passed a law in 2011 banning the transfer of Gitmo prisoners to U.S. soil. But the president, more eager to please Cuban dictator Raul Castro than promote national security, continues to insist that he’ll make good on his promise to shutter the prison. Now, the administration is trying again with a new plan that would send some of the world’s most dangerous prisoners to prisons in the U.S. and to other countries for “monitoring.”
Of course, as Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) pointed out, it is more than a little revealing that the plan didn’t identify which American cities those would be — no doubt recognizing how unpopular the idea would be in local communities.
Even Democrats are wary of his latest scheme, since sending the 9/11 masterminds to any district isn’t exactly a people-pleaser. Not only does it provide the perfect avenue for radicals to recruit, but it makes these communities a terrorist target! Either President Obama is ignorant to the threat, or more likely, doesn’t care.
As FRC’s Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army-Ret.) explains, “U.S. intelligence has already confirmed that at least a third of these detainees will return to terrorism when released. This is just what can be confirmed — the number is probably at least half of those released who will return to terrorism in one way or the other. Recent YouTube videos of Al Qaeda operative Ibrahim al-Qosi, a former detainee, demonstrate the recidivism of these released terrorists.”
In the meantime, Congress is already on the move to block the president’s plan. Senator Ayotte and three other Republicans have introduced a bill forbidding the president from giving America’s base back to Cuba without Congress’s approval. And while there are very real concerns that the president will try another executive order end-run around Congress, members have “almost totally tied the administration’s hands,” Zach Beauchamp points out.
“It is currently illegal, under U.S. law, to transfer Guantanamo detainees to the United States for trial, hold them in a facility on U.S. soil, or even use federal funds to prosecute them in civil court.”
But, as we all know, our nation is one lawless decision away from transferring these enemy combatants to U.S. soil. That would be an insult to every serviceman and woman in the U.S. military. How many of them died or were wounded bringing these people to justice?
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