When Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency in 2008, one of his campaign promises was his dedication to closing Gitmo, also known as Guantanamo Bay. This facility houses terrorists who had committed acts of terror against the U.S. or conspired to do so.
A number of the terrorists released by Obama from the Gitmo facility have returned to the ranks of terrorists, many in leadership positions. On Tuesday, Obama announced his plan to officially close Gitmo, sending some to overseas facilities and moving others into facilities in the United States.
Obama, who released 5 terrorists from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl, contends that the existence of the facility is a threat to national security. He has also pushed the narrative that the facility is “against American values.” While speaking with reporters, Obama said, “We can improve our security, uphold our highest values around the world and save Americans money in the process.”
Obama’s plan, which still must be approved by Congress, includes the following:
— The “careful” transfer of 35 detainees to overseas countries;
— Accelerating the review process for the roughly 56 remaining detainees to see whether they’re eligible for transfer;
— Using “all of the legal tools” available to resolve the cases of detainees in the commission process; and,
— Work with Congress to select a secure transfer location on U.S. soil.
FOX News reports on the potential places in the United States where Obama plans to transfer the terrorists as well as projected cost savings and a concern regarding what will be done with top members of ISIS, the Muslim terrorist group described by Obama just prior to their rise as “the JV team.”
U.S. officials say the latest Obama plan considers 13 U.S. locations to house remaining detaineds — seven prison facilities in Colorado, South Carolina and Kansas, and six other locations on military bases.
They also say the plan doesn’t recommend a preferred site and that cost estimates are just a starting point for negotiations with Congress.
It’s unclear whether the plan addresses what to do with any top-members of the Islamic State terror groups should they be captured on the battlefield.
According to the officials, the U.S. facilities would cost $265 million to $305 million to operate each year. The annual operating cost for Guantanamo is $445 million, but the officials said the Cuba detention center will need about $225 million in repairs and construction costs for continued use.
While Obama and the left have pushed the notion that the facility serves as a terrorist recruiting tool as his rationale for closing it and moving the terrorists into the United States, elected officials in his targeted states for transfer (Colorado, South Carolina and Kansas) have voiced concern about the risk to national security or terrorist attacks with the terrorists being housed in their states.
Obama, not surprisingly, brushed aside these concerns.
According to current law, the Obama regime is not allowed to move the terrorists onto U.S. soil. Will Obama use his pen and phone to write an unconstitutional executive order giving himself permission to do so if Congress will not approve his plan?
UPDATE: Obama is using an illegal and unconstitutional executive order to close Guantanamo Bay.
Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) whose state is on Obama’s target list of locations to transfer the terrorists tweeted that Obama’s plan is not only reckless, it is against the law.
President Obama’s plan to relocate dangerous terrorists to United States soil is not only reckless, but against the law.
— Trey Gowdy (@TGowdySC) February 23, 2016
Gowdy elaborated in a full statement saying that Obama is putting campaign promises and politics over the safety and security of this country and the law.
“President Obama’s plan to relocate dangerous terrorists to United States soil is not only reckless but against the law. Time and time again, Congress has spoken clearly on this issue by passing, with bipartisan, veto-proof majorities, legislation barring the transfer of detainees to U.S. soil. In fact, the most recent National Defense Authorization Act included such language and was signed into law by the President last November. Furthermore, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter have confirmed the law “currently does not allow” Guantanamo Bay detainee transfers to the United States. Rather than striving to fulfill campaign promises, President Obama must put our national security first, follow the law, and halt all plans to transfer Gitmo detainees to the United States.”