Monday, May 4, 2009

Democrats afraid to fund closing of Guantanamo

The Associated Press: Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

House Democrats are refusing to pay for President Barack Obama's plan to relocate prisoners from the Guantanamo detention facility where enemy combatants are being held.
Obama has signed an executive order to close the facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by early next year. But the Pentagon has yet to come up with a plan on where to put the 240 or so prisoners. Between 50-100 are likely to be sent to the United States.
No lawmaker wants the accused terrorists in their backyard.

They want Gitmo closed but Democrats scared.

While the Democrats boosted the funds Obama requested, the $50 million to relocate Guantanamo Bay detainees has inflamed Congress and given Republicans an opening with which to bash Obama. Many Democrats were skittish about the prospect of voting to bring
terror suspects into the U.S.

President Barack Obama's administration has yet to develop a plan to carry out Obama's executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay facility by early next year. So now we have an executive order but no plan to close it. Maybe President Obama should have had a plan first.

The Pentagon has not said how many of the 240 or so detainees would be transferred to the United States or where they would be held. About 50 to 100 terrorist would be shipped to this country, according to Defense Secretary Robert gates.

EXECUTIVE ORDER By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, the detention facilities at Guantánamo 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 Guantánamo 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.

Option number 1. Returned, released, to their home country, and rejoin the fight against the United States.

Option number 2. Released back into the world.

Option number 3. Transfered, released, to a third country, who don't what them.

Option number 4. Transfered to another United States detention facility like the one at Guantanamo.

So now we know that option 1 through 3 is to release the terrorist. The only other option to detain them is to send the terrorist to the United States.

House Democrats unveiled a $94.4 billion war funding bill Monday and it had no money for the relocation plan. So how will the Democrats get out of this one? If needed, money could be transferred later — without a politically difficult vote.

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