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Closing Guantanamo Will Cost Obama His Job

The lefties are frantic to close Guantanamo Bay detention center and bring the prisoners to the US. Several years ago, the push was not to close the prison, but rather, to allow the inmates access to the US courts system. Even though these individuals were captured outside of the US and were plotting to kill US soldiers and interfere with our operations primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan, these leftist groups believe the would be killers should be afforded all the rights and privileges of “ordinary” criminals in the United States. Unsuccessful in the attempts to have these foreign combatants tried in the US courts, the left attacked the military tribunals planned for those captured. Failing to outlaw the tribunals, they turned to candidate Obama who promised to close Gitmo if they elected him president, without giving the closing the serious thought it deserved.

These prisoners were captured, questioned and detained not under the scrutiny and auspices of the US Constitution, but under rules of war and terrorism guidelines. They were not covered by the US Constitution at the time of capture. To place them into US Courts would retroactively grant them constitutional rights and make prosecution or further detention impossible, as almost any first year law student could have such a case dismissed, because the rules were changed after the fact. Since no country wants them, there would be no choice but to release them in the US.

For those that are not able to have their case dismissed outright, the US courts will not allow any information gained by coercion or force to be used against them. This would presumably include any of the “enhanced” interrogation techniques:

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

1. The Attention Grab: The interrogator forcefully grabs the shirt front of the prisoner and shakes him.

2. The Attention Slap: An open-handed slap aimed at causing pain and triggering fear.

3. The Belly Slap: A hard open-handed slap to the stomach. The aim is to cause pain, but not internal injury. Doctors consulted advised against using a punch, which could cause lasting internal damage.

4. Longtime Standing: This technique is described as among the most effective. Prisoners are forced to stand, handcuffed and with their feet shackled to an eye bolt in the floor for more than 40 hours. Exhaustion and sleep deprivation are effective in yielding confessions.

5. The Cold Cell: The prisoner is left to stand naked in a cell kept near 50 degrees. Throughout the time in the cell the prisoner is doused with cold water.

6. Waterboarding: The prisoner is bound to an inclined board, feet raised and head slightly below the feet. Cellophane is wrapped over the prisoner’s face and water is poured over him. Unavoidably, the gag reflex kicks in and a terrifying fear of drowning leads to almost instant pleas to bring the treatment to a halt. However, by most accounts only 3 prisoners were actually waterboarded.

Ok, so a few more walk because the information against them will be inadmissible.

For the remainder that are actually put on trial, they will have the right to see any “exculpatory” evidence. What this means is nearly anything the defense attorney wants to examine must be turned over to them. Any decent attorney will go right for the most sensitive, top secret intelligence information and the government will be forced to either turn over the information, or drop all charges. Clearing these individuals becomes a game of how much top secret information the government will reveal to the public before they either cave in or allow our national security to be seriously compromised. Given the release of CIA documents by this president, it would be hard to imagine this country having any secrets left after these trials.

According to most reports, 1 out of 7 prisoners released from Gitmo return to terrorist groups. There are around 250 prisoners in Gitmo that will be brought back into the US. If all are released into the country, we can expect at least 35 terrorists actively trying to kill us. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like those odds.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was one of the 3 terrorists that was waterboarded. He was the master mind behind the 9/11 attacks. He also admitted to beheading reporter Daniel Pearl, and was proud of it. Because he was “tortured” there is a near zero chance he will be convicted in a US court. He could be your neighbor in a few months, because no country on earth will take him.
And I think the part that proves President Obama failed to think this through is that the actions of the terrorists that are released into the US will be tied to Obama and the Democrats. Any terrorist act executed by a former Gitmo detainee released in the US will be squarely on Obama. Even a robbery, rape or murder will be blamed on the president for releasing the terrorists. A simple car accident causing a death or injury will cause a firestorm of TV and internet ads that will dwarf the Willie Horton ads that sunk Michael Dukakis, to say nothing of actual terrorist activity committed by a released terrorist. And this is inevitable and it will cost Obama his job as President.

Obama promised the really “bad” guys would be given military tribunals, but we all know what happens once the US court system is involved in a high profile case. Remember O.J.?

And how do we detain them in the US? In the general prison population where they will either kill Americans, be killed, or recruit terrorists for their cause? Throw them in solitary? Build a prison when we already spent billions on Gitmo? When released, will there be a watch list like the sexual predator lists? If not, do we look suspiciously at all middle easterners again, like the days after 9/11? Will anyone from the Middle East ever be safe again from Americans scared for their lives and the lives of their families?

No, President Bush already thought this one through and he got it right.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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