‘ It’s On Obama’s Bucket-List But The Closing Of Guantanamo Bay Won’t Be Today!
#AceNewsServices – Featured Post – The closing of Guantanamo Bay has been on President Obama’s Bucket List but it looks like it won’t be accomplished today or any time soon as Congress, once again, blocks his efforts.
‘ OBAMA GOAL OF GITMO CLOSURE STALLED AT PENTAGON ‘
Earlier this year America was stunned at the release of five Guantanamo Detainees of which the Taliban group had tried to free for more than a decade. Their freedom was bought with the exchange of one prisoner of war, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Never mind that the Top Taliban Commanders freed were some of the worst terrorists being held or that the one being exchanged for them, Berghahl, had been suspected of being a trader.
None of those things seemed to matter to Obama as he forged ahead knowing that all five of the released men were considered to be a very high risk of likely forging attacks against the United States if they were ever freed.
It has been Obama’s intent to close Guantanamo Bay from the onset of his presidency. In fact, this is the tenth attempt. At each turn He has been met with opposition.
This is a non-comprehensive list of nine previous occasions Obama or his aides talked about closing Gitmo:
Barack Obama told a Texas crowd on Sunday that he wants the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee facility closed, a step the Bush administration is considering…”While we’re at it,” he said, “we’re going to close Guantanamo. And we’re going to restore habeas corpus.” —Washington Post
The Obama administration will launch a review of the classified files of the approximately 250 detainees at Guantanamo Bay immediately after taking office, as part of an intensive effort to close the U.S. prison in Cuba, according to people who advised the campaign on detainee issues. —Washington Post
The detention facilities at Guantanamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order. If any individuals covered by this order remain in detention at Guantanamo at the time of closure of those detention facilities, they shall be returned to their home country, released, transferred to a third country, or transferred to another United States detention facility in a manner consistent with law and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States. —White House Executive Order
In ordering the federal government to acquire an Illinois prison to house terrorism suspects who are currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, President Obama on Tuesday took a major step toward shutting down the military detention facility that its detractors say had become a potent recruitment tool for Al Qaeda. —New York Times
The Administration remains committed to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, and to maintain a lawful, sustainable and principled regime for the handling of detainees there, consistent with the full range of U.S. national security interests. —White House Fact Sheet
“There are some things that we haven’t gotten done. I still want to close Guantanamo, we haven’t been able to get that through Congress.” —Obama on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
“I continue to believe that we’ve got to close Guantanamo. I think, well, you know, I think it is critical for us to understand that Guantanamo is not necessary to keep America safe. It is expensive. It is inefficient. It hurts us, in terms of our international standing. It lessens cooperation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts. It is a recruitment tool for extremists. It needs to be closed.” —Obama during a White House press conference
“With the Afghan war ending, this needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay—because we counter terrorism not just through intelligence and military action, but by remaining true to our Constitutional ideals, and setting an example for the rest of the world.” —Obama in his 2014 State of the Union address
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After a two-year lull in which no low-level prisoners were released, the detainees in early 2013 began a widespread hunger strike. The protest prompted Mr. Obama to revive his effort to close the prison. He appointed Mr. [Cliff] Sloan, a former White House and corporate attorney, and another envoy to negotiate transfer deals. —New York Times,” reports MotherJones.
Most American’s, however, do not wish Obama to close the terrorist facility in Cuba, having grown cautious of letting prisoners with ties to terrorists go free or even moving them into U.S. prisons.
“Two in three American’s told Gallup that they want President Obama to keep the 149 suspected terrorists being held at Gitmo under lock and key on foreign soil instead of shutting down the camp,” reports MailOnline News.
It isn’t only the American citizens who don’t want this to come to fruition but also Republicans and some Democrats in Congress as well stating that they are reluctant to house these terrorists on American soil.
It’s no surprise that, as in all of Obama’s previous attempts to close Guantanamo, this latest attempt was also met with rejections from lawmakers.
“Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, the chairman of the Armed Services committee, told reporters on Monday that the final bill omits a provision giving the president the authority to transfer terror suspects to the United States if Congress signs off on a comprehensive plan to close the prison,” according to Military.com.
In May the provision to the bill included a stipulation allowing the transfer of suspected terrorists onto U.S. territory for “detention, trial and incarceration, subject to stringent security measures and legal protections, once the president has submitted a plan to Congress for closing Guantanamo and Congress has had an opportunity to vote to disapprove that plan under expedited procedures.”