Obama looking to create jobs in Michigan – by moving all the Gitmo prisoners there
… because you know darn well the Kansas people won’t let it be there. It’s unclear whether this mess is just a trial balloon or a serious plan. The Obama administration is looking at creating a courtroom-within-a-prison complex in the U.S. to house suspected terrorists, combining military and civilian detention facilities at a single maximum-security prison. Several senior U.S. officials said the administration is eyeing | Read More »
The impossible Gitmo deadline: 24 hours?
It wasn’t until I read this AoSHQ post about the delay in the detention report (preliminary details here) that I started counting off the months on my fingers. Six months from July 21st makes… January 21st, more or less. The work of a Justice Department-led task force, which had been scheduled to send a report on detention policy to President Obama on Tuesday, will be | Read More »
Today is the day for the Gitmo Report!
That’d be the one mandated by the President’s 01/22/2009 Executive Order that was supposed to reflect a clean break with the past; it’s supposed to be a review and critique of our detention policy, particular those of illegal combatants. It and a review of interrogation techniques (mandated by this Executive Order) were scheduled for today, and both are absolutely necessary for the administration to have | Read More »
Annnnd there’s the White House turning back to indefinite detention.
Let’s see: Mark Sanford’s disgraced, Michael Jackson’s dead, that couple that everybody else in the universe obsessed over divorced or something, and the Democrats in Congress managed to pass the Twenty-First century’s answer to Smoot-Hawley – yes, this would be a nigh-perfect time to break the news that indefinite detention’s back on the agenda. The only way that it would have been better timing would | Read More »
Has Graham folded over the detainee photos issue?
The wording in this AP story about Senate hurdles in the supplemental bill sure sounds fishy. Another possible obstacle was removed Wednesday when Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he would no longer block action on the bill. Graham was upset that the final version removed a ban, backed by Graham and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., on releasing photos depicting U.S. troops abusing detainees. But he said | Read More »
President Obama and the now-vex’d Bermoothes.
You know, it’s not the fact that we’re apparently on the verge of toppling another foreign government that bemuses me, per se; toppling foreign governments is one of those things that the United States of America simply does, as a byproduct of our very existence. Whether or not that’s an inherently good thing is going to be a matter of some debate – particularly if | Read More »
Obama folds on placing freed Gitmo detainees in US?
The Washington Post says Obama is giving up trying to convince anyone in Congress to take anybody else released from Gitmo in their neighborhoods. The Obama administration has all but abandoned plans to allow Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been cleared for release to live in the United States, administration officials said yesterday, a decision that reflects bipartisan congressional opposition to admitting such prisoners but | Read More »
4 Uighurs released in Bermuda
From a sea to an ocean…. This gang of four has been shipped from Gitmo to Bermuda and released. It looks like they’re be separated from some of their comrades, as all or most of the others will be sent to Palau and released. By coincidence of course, we just offered to pay Palau up to $200M. No word yet on whether we only have | Read More »
Germany disinclined to acquiesce to Obama’s Uighur request.
As Track-A-‘Crat notes, the administration is at best spinning its difficulties to get anybody else to take the Uighurs. The President is claiming that there have been no hard commitments, which implies that negotiations for giving some over to Germany are still going on: Strictly speaking, that may be true. But according to information obtained by SPIEGEL, Germany has long since blocked the idea of | Read More »
President Obama finally has a chance to show his mettle.
Now that it’s come out that the President’s stance on Gitmo is deeply, deeply unpopular with the American people (via @BrianFaughnan): WASHINGTON — Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to closing the detention center for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay and moving some of the detainees to prisons on U.S. soil, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds. By more than 2-1, those surveyed say Guantanamo shouldn’t be closed. | Read More »
Montana town offers to take Gitmo detainees.
Hardin, Montana – a very small, very poor town with a very new, very empty jail, is willing to take on the responsibility of holding Gitmo detainees: Hardin borrowed $27 million through bonds to build the Two Rivers Regional Correctional Facility in hopes of creating new employment opportunities. The jail was ready for prisoners two years ago, but has yet to house a single prisoner. | Read More »
Move Gitmo detainees to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Specifically settle them in Worcester or on Martha’s Vineyard, which are respectively in Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District represented by Jim McGovern and 10th Congressional District represented by Bill Delahunt. I prefer Martha’s Vineyard, perhaps the Kennedy compound could be seized via eminent domain to be used for this important public purpose. Since these two Congressmen have publicly DEMANDED that the United States resettle 17 Uighur | Read More »
Promoted from the diaries by bs “How did our prison system become so cruel?” pfft! Defense Secretary Robert “William” Gates was interviewed on NBC’s “Toady” “Today” show Friday May 22 where he called the Gitmo lockup “probably one of the finest prisons in the world today.” Got that right. Personally I’ve been hearing the liberal argument that to “bring the detainees to US soil would | Read More »
How GITMO could save America
Cheney and Obama held their twin security/torture/GITMO speeches yesterday. Obama delivered his usual mesmerizing, self-centered speech, in which he complained about the “mess” that the previous adminstration had left him. As Politico points out, he’s given this type of speech before. In his speech, which had been booked weeks in advance, Cheney argued that the anger over waterboarding is “recklessness cloaked in righteousness”. But these | Read More »
Liz Cheney: no middle ground.
Another good bit from Liz Cheney: Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Allahpundit is a little surprised that Liz’s popularity with the base has risen so quickly; I’m not. For whatever reason, a full-throat defense of Bush’s decisions on how to fight the GWOT were few and far between during the Bush administration itself, and that grated with Republicans. | Read More »