Feds Again Consider Housing Gitmo Terrorists in US Prisons

November 29, 2012 at 11:00 am (California, Diane Feinstein, Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay, Jihad, President Obama, Terrorists)

Ready for some jihadists to serve jail time in your backyard?
Via Fox News: 

The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee commissioned a federal report to identify prison facilities in the U.S. that are suitable for housing Guantanamo detainees, concluding the option is viable — despite congressional opposition to such a plan when the Obama administration proposed it. 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s renewed interest in the proposal first came to light Wednesday after Fox News turned up an internal Government Accountability Office document that refers to “Source of Work: Ms. Dianne Feinstein, Chair, Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate” and lists the “Gist of Work” as an investigation into whether domestic facilities could house the approximately 170 detainees remaining at the controversial facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 

Two hours after Fox News’ inquiry about the report, Feinstein’s office posted the report online and released a statement confirming that the California senator thinks the Obama administration’s controversial plan to relocate detainees to the United States is a viable option.

“This report demonstrates that if the political will exists, we could finally close Guantanamo without imperiling our national security,” Feinstein said. “The GAO report makes clear that numerous prisons exist inside the United States — operated by both the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice—capable of holding the 166 detainees who remain at Guantanamo in an environment that meets the security requirements.”

What could possibly go wrong?
It should be noted that the last time this idea was floated,  it received bipartisan condemnation.  For some reason,  Feinstein sees that as an opportunity to re–introduce the measure.
What do you think?

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Feel Safe? 60% of Gitmo Detainees Cleared For Release by Obama Considered "High Risk"

September 25, 2012 at 7:00 am (Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay, Guantanamo Bay Review Task Force, Long War Journal, Osama Bin laden, President Obama, Terrorists)

What could possibly go wrong?

The Long War Journal reports:

The Obama administration has released a list of 55 Guantanamo detainees who were approved for transfer by the Guantanamo Bay Review Task Force. The task force, which was authorized by President Obama as one of his first acts in office, completed its work in January 2010. The Obama administration has worked to resettle many of the detainees the task force approved for transfer, but the detainees on the newly-disclosed list remain at Guantanamo.

Before the task force was authorized in January 2009, Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) had previously assessed all of the detainees held in Cuba. JTF-GTMO’s threat assessments for 760 current and former detainees have been leaked online. (Approximately 167 detainees remain in custody at this time.)

The Long War Journal has matched those threat assessments to the 55 detainees on the task force’s list.

JTF-GTMO determined that 34 of the 55 detainees on the newly-released list were “high risk(s)” who are “likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests, and allies” if freed from custody. One detainee was deemed a “medium to high risk.”

JTF-GTMO assessed that 19 of the 55 detainees are “medium risk(s)” who “may pose a threat to the US, its interests, and allies.”

Just one of the 55 detainees was assessed to be a “low risk, due to his medical condition.”

It’s not like former Gitmo detainees would ever launch terrorist attacks against the U.S. again … wait, what?

As we reported Thursday:

There are reports tonight that a radical left-wing organization is responsible for helping to free a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay named Abu Sufian bin Qumu.  Bin Qumu has been cited by multiple sources at Fox News as at least being involved with, and possibly playing the lead role in the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Those attacks resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American diplomats.

Well … um … Osama’s dead!  Yea, that’s our foreign policy…

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Obama Donor Heads Organization that Freed Terrorist Accused of Plotting Attack in Benghazi

September 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm (Abu Sufian bin Qumu, Benghazi, Chris Stevens, Donor, Eric Holder, George Bush, Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay, Libya, Michael Ratner, President Obama, War Crimes)

There are reports tonight that a radical left-wing organization is responsible for helping to free a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay named Abu Sufian bin Qumu.  Bin Qumu has been cited by multiple sources at Fox News as at least being involved with, and possibly playing the lead role in the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Those attacks resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American diplomats.

Michelle Malkin has revealed that the Center for Constitutional Rights represented Qumu and helped lead the charge in freeing him back in 2007.

Longtime readers know that I’ve extensively covered the troublesome conflict of interest at the Department of Justice involving Attorney General Eric Holder and his former law firm, Covington and Burling, which has represented a score of Gitmo detainees. See my archive of posts on the matter here. Many readers have asked whether the firm represented Abu Sufian bin Qumu, the former Gitmo detainee released in 2007 — and now named as the possible lead plotter in the bloody attacks on our consulate personnel, staff, and private security contractors in Benghazi.

The left-wing organization that helped spring Qumu was the Center for Constitutional Rights. Last April, the group issued an indignant press release painting Qumu as a harmless victim and blasting those concerned about his unrepentant jihadi ways. After a trove of Gitmo documents found their way to Wikileaks and were published by the New York Times, CCR rose to Qumu’s defense and parroted jihadi propaganda that the aggrieved Qumu was actually a friend of the U.S.

President Emeritus of the CCR, Michael Ratner, has long advocated for closing Guantanamo Bay’s doors, and for the right of Gitmo detainees within.  In a 2009 article for the Huffington Post, Ratner sings the praises of his organization’s efforts, calling the release of two thirds of Gitmo detainees an “amazing success”.

While feeling that terrorists caught on the battlefield were privy to the same rights as ordinary Americans, Ratner also repeatedly advocated for the prosecution of senior-level Bush administration officials, calling the detention of those terrorists, like bin Qumu, unlawful.  His op-ed for CNN made a case for prosecuting former President George W. Bush for torture under the War Crimes Act.

In other words, terrorists captured on the battlefield were being held illegally, but the Bush administration officials who were gathering intelligence from those terrorists should be tried for war crimes.

In 2008, Ratner signed an endorsement for Barack Obama in his presidential bid, based on a belief that Obama would best represent the rights of Gitmo detainees.  He and 79 other lawyers said in a joint statement, that they believed Obama was the best choice to roll back the Bush-Cheney administration’s detention policies in the war on terrorism and thereby to “restore the rule of law, demonstrate our commitment to human rights, and repair our reputation in the world community.”

Ratner, on the same day as endorsing Obama in word, also endorsed through donation, sending $2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Sadly for Ratner, much like other voters in 2008, he became disillusioned with President Obama, stating recently that there is little difference between the humans rights policies of Obama and those of Bush.
The question now is, will Ratner also call for Obama to be charged for war crimes violations?  
And will he admit the danger involved in releasing terrorists that have a high rate of recidivism upon gaining freedom?  His organization played a key role in the release of a man who would later launch a terrorist attack on sovereign U.S. soil.  

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Gitmo Detainees ‘Tortured’ With Sesame Street Songs

June 1, 2012 at 7:50 am (Al Jazeera, Al Qaeda, Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay, Sesame Street, Terrorist, Torture)

Oh, the humanity!  Who knew that having to watch Barney & Friends every hour on the hour with your child consisted of … gasp … torture?!

Yahoo reports:

A new documentary alleges that detainees at Guantanamo Bay were “tortured” by being forced to listen to songs from Sesame Street for days on end.

The Al Jazeera film, “Songs of War,” features Christopher Cerf, who has worked as a composer on Sesame Street for more than four decades.

“My first reaction was this just can’t possibly be true,” the Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer told Al Jazeera.

“Of course, I didn’t really like the idea that I was helping break down prisoners, but it was much worse when I heard later that they were actually using the music in Guantanamo to actually do deep, long-term interrogations and obviously to inflict enough pain on prisoners so they would talk.”

In a report featuring the composer of the Sesame Street songs, one detainee actually says the following:

“The music was so loud,” says Moazzam Begg, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay and Bagram. “And it was probably some of the worst torture that they faced.”

I wonder if all those people detained in the past by Al-Qaeda would have preferred torture by Sesame Street, as opposed to having their head sawed off of their body.

If given the choice, I’m sure Nick Berg would have been okay with it.

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Former Terrorist Defense Attorney Promoted to Number 3 Ranking Official at Justice Department

March 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm (Eric Holder, Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay, J. Chrisitian Adams, Justice Department, Taliban, Terrorist, Tony West)

Not only did he defend admitted American terrorist John Walker Lindh, but Tony West is specifically in charge of developing U.S. policy pertaining to Guantanamo inmates. 

Conflict of interest?

Via Fox News:

A former Justice Department attorney who blew the whistle on his department’s policies is now questioning the promotion of a former defense attorney for an American terrorist to the No. 3 spot at the Justice Department — specifically charged with crafting U.S. policy on Guantanamo detainees.

J. Christian Adams, once an elections lawyer who accused the Justice Department of racial bias in its decision to not prosecute a voter intimidation case involving the New Black Panther Party, said Tony West’s promotion from assistant attorney general for the Civil Division to acting associate attorney general is one more step toward letting radicals run the Justice Department.

“The most dangerous thing is that West is overseeing Gitmo policy. It’s not that he’s just some guy at the Justice Department licking envelopes,” Adams told Fox News on Sunday.

Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, noted that in Holder’s announcement of West’s promotion, he “conveniently omitted” West’s role as the defense attorney for convicted Al Qaeda terrorist John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence after being captured in Afghanistan in 2001 while fighting with the Taliban.

“He actually pleaded guilty to aiding the Taliban and carrying explosives while fighting U.S. troops in the region,” Judicial Watch noted of Lindh.

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VIDEO – Secretary of Defense Oblivious to $750,000 Soccer Field at Guantanamo Bay

February 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm (Department of Defense, Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay, Kansas, Leon Panetta, Republican, Secretary of Defense, Soccer Field, Terrorists, Tim Huelskamp)

As was reported earlier, inmates at Guantanamo Bay have been blessed with the construction of a brand new, nearly $1 million soccer field.  A communications director for Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) has posted a video of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta being questioned about the expenditure.  Panetta apparently had no idea about the soccer field.

Huelskamp – I had a constituent contact me today about a news item.  Did you know that apparently federal taxpayers are paying for a $750,000 soccer field at Gitmo.  Is that something that the Department of Defense knew about?  Or is that…

Panetta – I’m sorry what was that?

Huelskamp – A $750,000 soccer field at Gitmo that was just announced by the Department of Defense.  Is that something you were aware of?

Panetta – No I wasn’t.

Watch below…

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Are You Kidding? Guantanamo Inmates Get New $750,000 Soccer Field

February 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm (Campaign, Election, Field, Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay, Money, Osama Bin laden, President Obama, Soccer, Waste)

Most schools don’t have nearly $1 million dollar soccer fields, but terrorists captured on the battlefield now have that luxury.

Via Fox News:

At a time of record deficits, a new soccer field for detainees at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay is just getting the finishing touches — at a cost of $750,000 to taxpayers.

The project was the highlight of a tour Tuesday of the detention camp for reporters at the facility covering the arraignment in a military court of Majid Khan, a former Baltimore resident and the the only legal U.S. resident on trial at Guantanamo.

The project began in April 2011 and is due to finish this spring. The detainees will now have three recreation facilities at Camp 6, which is home to “highly compliant” detainees who live in a communal setting.

The same report indicates that Obama is granting sweetheart deals to detainees, in an anxious effort to close the camp. 

Could this be another election play?  It wouldn’t be too far fetched for the President to brag about Gitmo’s closure, even though he ordered it closed one year after his first day in office.

The report reads:

Even some of President Obama’s most ardent supporters suggest the administration seems eager to close the camps and reduce the detainee population, and plea agreements with minimal jail time are a sweetheart deal for all involved.

Detainees like Usama bin Laden’s personal cook and his driver are spending less time in prison than American citizens prosecuted in federal courts on lesser charges.

Cutting deals with detainees, and providing them a plush soccer resort to play on in between their video games and cable TV.

This is appalling to say the least.

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