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Obama Won’t Reconsider Closing Gitmo

From Fox News:

Administration Rejects Calls to Reconsider Guantanamo Closure Plan

December 30, 2009

The Obama administration is pushing back against calls to halt or delay closing the Guantanamo Bay prison in light of the failed Christmas Day terror attack, suggesting that shutting down the prison will undermine terrorist recruitment in the very network that claimed responsibility for last week’s plot.

Administration officials also assured lawmakers that they will use the utmost caution in transferring any detainees to other countries, following concerns that it’s unsafe to send the dozens of Yemenis held there back to their home country — which has emerged as a tinderbox of extremist activity.

Seniors officials told Fox News that nobody in the administration is reconsidering President Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay. Though the closure probably will not occur until 2011 due to a series of setbacks, officials said locking down Guantanamo is still in the "national security interest."

"The detention facility at Guantanamo has been used by Al Qaeda as a rallying cry and recruiting tool — including its affiliate Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. As our military leaders have recognized, closing the detention facility at Guantanamo is a national security imperative," one senior official told Fox News…

And yet trying Khalid Sheik Mohammed two blocks from Ground Zero won’t be “a rallying cry and recruiting tool” for Al Qaeda.

Weirdly, this article inexplicably fails to note that ABC News has reported that two released Gitmo detainees were involved in planning the Christmas attack on flight NWA 253.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Obama Won’t Reconsider Closing Gitmo”

  1. mr_bill says:

    The only way I will support closing Gitmo is if we leave all the terrorists in it, weld the doors shut and leave it. I think Antarctica is a much better location for a terrorist detainment facility anyways.

    • Right of the People says:

      I’ve said all along that Fort Richardson in Alaska is the perfect place. It is above the Artic Circle and on US territory. Plus think of how confusing it would be to the jihadis when they try to figure out which way is east so they can bow to Mecca.

    • mr_bill says:

      bwahahahaha, love it! I’d enjoy watching a room full of mohammadans going crazy 5 times a day trying to figure that out.

  2. proreason says:

    “Administration officials also assured lawmakers that they will use the utmost caution in transferring any detainees to other countries”

    nuff said.

    Once Obamy puts a system in place, it’s foolproof. He’ll put his hard-nosed HSA chief in charge of the process, just to be doubly sure.

    Sleep well tonight.

  3. bill says:

    Stupid people do stupid things, try not to elect too many of them in the future. and surly not to important jobs.

  4. BillK says:

    It doesn’t matter how stupid they are, what matters to the American public is what freebies they promise.

    America got what it deserved in Obama, make no mistake.

    Meanwhile, al Qaeda members are laughing their collective butts off.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    DingleBarry won’t be happy until his brethren are kneeling on rugs facing Mecca from the West Wing.
    I swear, the four faces of B.Hussein are all unAmerican!!

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    By any chance that picture isn’t another Obama family reunion @ the WH is it?

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