Obama Plans Latest Gitmo Detainee Release

Obama Plans Latest Gitmo Detainee Release

Obama Plans Latest Gitmo Detainee Release

As he Tangos towards the finish line of his Presidency, Barack H. Obama is rushing to fulfill one of his campaign promises. The closing of the the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was a promise Mr. Obama made beginning in 2007. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane with then Senator Obama, shall we?

He sure seems to love using the term Habeas Corpus. Shows that he went to law school and reinforces the “false narrative” that Barack H. Obama was a Constitutional Law Professor or Scholar.

Jennifer Griffin and Fox News are reporting that the Pentagon has notified Congress that it is planning to release a dozen Gitmo detainees to at least two different countries. Groovy.

A U.S. official told Reuters the first transfers are expected in the next few days with others to occur in the coming weeks.

Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross told Fox News he could not comment on when detainees would be transferred.

“The Administration is committed to reducing the detainee population and to closing the detention facility responsibly,” he said in a statement to Fox News.

Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Tariq Ba Odah is seen in a U.S. military image taken from a classified Department of Defense Guantanamo "detainee assessment" prepared in January 2008 and released by WikiLeaks in April 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Department of Defense/WikiLeaks/Handout via Reuters
Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Tariq Ba Odah is seen in a U.S. military image taken from a classified Department of Defense Guantanamo “detainee assessment” prepared in January 2008 and released by WikiLeaks in April 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Department of Defense/WikiLeaks/Handout via Reuters

One of the detainees to be released is Tariq Ba Odah, pictured above. Mr. Odah, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights, has been held at Gitmo since 2002. His only crime, once again, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights is being Yemeni. Oh, watch me cry big, fat fluffy tears for Tariq Ba Odah.

Mr. Odah has been on a hunger strike since 2007. He has been force fed, controversially. To force feed him is torture. To let him starve is torture. The Twitterverse has it about right, though.

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Been doing the hunger strike thing all wrong, Tariq.

In a post titled Our Thinker in Chief, Bernard Goldberg discusses Obama’s fear of “collateral damage”.

There are other inconsistencies in the president’s reasoning. He is troubled by collateral damage in pursuit of terrorists. This is understandable. No one wants to see innocents killed by American bombs targeting terrorists who live among civilians in places like Iraq and Syria. So the president has set in place a policy whereby our military will avoid dropping bombs on terrorist targets if civilians might get hurt in the process.

But if the president is so concerned about collateral damage, why would he release so many prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay? Surely he know that a certain percentage of them will return to the battlefield, and some of them will go on to kill innocents, including Americans. Shouldn’t the president think of that as collateral damage, too?

How many American lives were lost to capture these “unlawful combatants”? If and when released, these former detainees return to the battlefield and kill our military personnel or innocent civilians, such as in Brussels, Paris, Dagestan and Iraq will they be classified as collateral damage?

Do these lives matter, Mr. President?

Congress needs to stop the release of detainees from Gitmo. Not that those spineless losers will stop the release or even try.

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