reply to post by vardlokkur
Have you been following the fight to close that facility?
First, the administration wanted to send some Chinese muslim's to Virginia. What happened? Republican representative Frank Wolf faxed the president
and the media
The American people cannot afford to simply take your word that these detainees, who were captured training in terrorist camps, are not a threat
if released into our communities.
Second, and more damning evidence than just a 'broken promise', the DoJ found that it could only effectively prosecute 36 of over 140 detainees!
Third, the senate voted 90-6 to oppose closure of the facility...which would cost $80 million. According to the senate minority leader Mitch McConnel
(republican) on the senate floor:
Americans don’t want some of the most dangerous men alive coming here.
Mind you, the very next day, former vice president Cheney took it upon himself to go after the president;
I think the president will find, upon reflection, that to bring the worst of the worst terrorists inside the United States would be cause for
great danger and regret in the years to come.
Fourth, the month after the senate voted against closing the facility, congress banned funding of the transfer of detainees to the United
States...unless they were going to be prosecuted.
Fifth, the administration wanted to buy an Illinois state prison to transfer detainees there. Guess what happened? Again, Frank Wolf disagrees:
The money is not in our budget, and we will not put that money in our budget … because then they would move detainees up from Guantanamo
Obama tries to do the right thing, bring suspects to trial. Republican senator Lindsay Graham says 'no' by barring the administration from
prosecuting Khalid Sheik Mohammad and four of his co-defendents in federal court. The senator's amendment won out in a vote of 55-45.
The administration was going to try to prosecute KSM in New York City, a few blocks from Ground Zero. The NYPD said it would cost over $200 million in
security, the right wing media blew a gasket at the prospect of having a 9/11 suspect so close to Ground Zero. The effort died.
The administration got a chance to actually try a 'terrorist' in late 2010. Ahmed Ghailani received a life sentence, not for murder, but for damage
to US government property. The right-wing media threw a fit over his near acquittal.
A few months later, congress again made another move, barring the president from bringing any
detainees to the United States. Even for
Here we are now, December 2011, with the NDAA codifying the administrations new stance on indefinent detention and KSM facing military tribunal at
It's incredibly frustrating. The guy I voted for getting shot down left and right, while barely putting up a fight. I don't like the president, not
because I don't agree with his policy proposals or because he promised me one thing and delivered another...but because he doesn't fight when he
needs to. Then again, some of you believe he's King Obama, throwing his will upon the American people relentlessly.
Obama's not Bush. Bush never bowed to minority opposition.