Archive for the ‘Guantanamo Bay’ category

State Dept. Spokesman J.P. Crowley on Gitmo Recidivism: “We Actually Expected This”

8 December, 2010

So, in essence, what he is saying is that Obama has known all along that releasing Guantanamo prisoners will only serve to swell the ranks of our enemies…  Sounds like an impeachable offense to me—as in, aiding and abetting the enemy…

White House says U.S. to suspend transfers of Guantanamo detainees to Yemen

5 January, 2010

Well, normally this would be good news, but given Obama’s propensity for dumping terrorists onto American soil, I’m not sure about that.

Of course, this also puts a monkey wrench in Obama’s plan to immediately close Guantanamo.  Where’s the outrage from the Left?

U.S. to Suspend Gitmo Detainee Transfers to Yemen
FOXNews.com

The U.S. will not transfer any detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Yemen right now, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

Ninety detainees in Gitmo are from Yemen, which is combating a resurgent Al Qaeda.

Alleged Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is also said to have gotten training in Yemen before carrying explosives on a Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. His attempt to detonate the bomb was foiled when his device malfunctioned and he was tackled by a passenger.

“One of the very first things Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula used as a tool was Gitmo,” Gibbs said. “We’re not going to make transfers to a country like Yemen that they’re not capable of handling (the detainees). While we remain committed to closing the detention facility, the determination has been made that right now any additional transfers to Yemen is not a good idea.”

The announcement comes as President Obama misses his original deadline for closing the facility — a pledge he made on his first week in office. He also is facing considerable political pressure from several lawmakers who’ve asked him not to return any detainees to the poorest Arab country, located across from the Horn of Africa.

On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain, who’s traveling with Sen. Joe Lieberman in Iraq, said the two lawmakers and Sen. Lindsey Graham recently wrote Obama to urge that no detainees be sent to Yemen “until such time that we can be sure and be confident that they will not return to the fight.”

“We can not allow Yemen to be a base for Al Qaeda to mount attacks on other countries in the region and the United States,” McCain, R-Ariz., said. “Others who have left Guantanamo and have gone back to Yemen have not only gone back to the fight but have also been suicide bombers and leaders. This has got to stop.”

More than a dozen detainees transferred to Yemen reportedly have returned to fight with Al Qaeda. But Deputy National Security Adviser for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan did not rule out sending Yemeni detainees back to that country.

“Guantanamo facility must be closed. It has served as a propaganda tool for Al Qaeda,told “Fox News Sunday.” “Working closely with the Yemeni government right now we are looking at the other detainees in Guantanamo from Yemen, and we are going to take the right steps, but we’re not going to do anything that put Americans at risk.”

Gibbs noted that court trials will begin soon for several individuals currently in Guantanamo Bay though they are not of Yemeni descent.

Report Finds Ex-Guantanamo Detainees Like to Head to Yemen and Rejoin al-Qaeda

5 January, 2010

No surprise to any of us who have been paying attention:

Report: Freed Guantanamo Detainees Head to Yemen to Rejoin Al Qaeda
TimesOfLondon

At least a dozen former Guantanamo Bay inmates have rejoined Al Qaeda to fight in Yemen, The Times of London reported Tuesday, amid growing concern over the ability of the country’s government to accept almost 100 more former inmates from the detention center.

The Obama Administration promised to close the Guantanamo facility by January 22, a deadline that it will be unable to meet. The 91 Yemeni prisoners in Guantanamo make up the largest national contingent among the 198 being held.

Six prisoners were returned to Yemen last month. After the Christmas Day bomb plot in Detroit, U.S. officials are increasingly concerned that the country is becoming a hot-bed of terrorism. Eleven of the former inmates known to have rejoined Al Qaeda in Yemen were born in Saudi Arabia. The organization merged its Saudi and Yemeni offshoots last year.

The country’s mountainous terrain, poverty and lawless tribal society make it, in the opinion of many analysts, a close match for Afghanistan as a new terrorist haven.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced concern about the growing strength of Al Qaeda in Yemen.

“Obviously, we see global implications from the war in Yemen and the ongoing efforts by Al Qaeda in Yemen to use it as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the region,” she said.

A Yemeni, Hani Abdo Shaalan, who was released from Guantanamo in 2007, was killed in an airstrike on December 17, the Yemeni Government reported last week. The deputy head of Al Qaeda in the country is Said Ali al-Shihri, 36, who was released from the prison in 2007. Ibrahim Suleiman al-Rubaish, who was released in 2006, is a prominent ideologue featured on Yemeni Al Qaeda Web sites.

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Stupid Husband Lists Wife’s Name as ‘Guantanamo’ on Cellphone

18 October, 2009

As Jeff Foxworthy Bill Engvall would say:

Here’s your sign:

Saudi woman sees red over Gitmo jibe
Oct 18 10:12 AM US/Eastern – AFP – via Breitbart

A Saudi woman is suing for divorce after she found out that her husband had branded her “Guantanamo” on his cellphone, a report said on Sunday.

The wife took a look at the phone when her husband of 17 years left it at home, only to discover that his phonebook entry for her came under the name of the notorious US war-on-terror prison in Cuba, the Al-Watan newspaper reported.

Outraged, the woman, who was not identified, demanded divorce or, at the least, substantial damages, Al-Watan said.

Feinstein Wants to House Gitmo Terrorists in California

29 September, 2009

H/T – AZ_Conservative, who adds:  “Feinstein must be on drugs…”

P.S. – I’m pleased to announce that Kit Bond didn’t accept her offer to house the terrorists in Missouri!

Obama to Continue Imprisoning Terrorists Indefinitely – Even if They Are Aquitted!

8 July, 2009

Just one question:  Where are all those screaming Libtard banshees who incessantly spit venom at Bush over the last eight years?  Oh, wait. Everything must be perfectly legal now that the Dark Overlord has purloined the post.

Detainees, Even if Acquitted, Might Not Go Free
By JESS BRAVIN – Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens indefinitely even if they have been acquitted of terrorism charges by a U.S. military commission.

Jeh Johnson, the Defense Department’s chief lawyer, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that releasing a detainee who has been tried and found not guilty was a policy decision that officials would make based on their estimate of whether the prisoner posed a future threat.

Like the Bush administration, the Obama administration argues that the legal basis for indefinite detention of aliens it considers dangerous is separate from war-crimes prosecutions. Officials say that the laws of war allow indefinite detention to prevent aliens from committing warlike acts in future, while prosecution by military commission aims to punish them for war crimes committed in the past.

Mr. Johnson said such prisoners held without trial would receive “some form of periodic review” that could lead to their release.

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First of the Guantanamo Detainees Transferred to U.S. Soil for Trial Wants to Keep His Military Lawyers

9 June, 2009

Hehehehehe.  Another slap in the face of Obama:

Lawyer: Gitmo detainee in US wants military lawyer
By MIKE MELIA , 06.09.09, 12:02 PM EDT – Forbes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Guantanamo detainee transferred to the U.S. for trial in the American embassy bombings in Africa wants to keep his military defense team, one of the attorneys said Tuesday.

Two Pentagon-appointed attorneys for Ahmed Ghailani were traveling to New York for his arraignment Tuesday afternoon in hopes of staying on the case, Marine Col. Jeffrey Colwell said in a telephone interview from Washington.

“First and foremost is what he wants,” Colwell said of his client. “We’ve got a good working relationship.”

Ghailani is the first detainee from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be transferred to the United States under an Obama administration plan to prosecute some of the remaining 240 prisoners in the federal court system.

Colwell said he and his fellow military counsel, Air Force Maj. Richard Reiter, have been preparing to defend Ghailani in federal court. He said the administration has not responded to their request to stay on the case.

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Former terrorist detainee stars in Gitmo Xbox game

1 June, 2009

Moazzam Begg-Terrorist
This is wrong on many levels. Terrorists should never be allowed to capitalize on past deeds. Had I designed a game where you water board detainees the world would scream in rage-we hear …
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DUBAI (Courtney C. Radsch) 01 June, 2009 Arabiya
A former Guantanamo “terrorism” detainee who walked away a free man in 2005 will shoot his way out of the U.S. prison in a new Xbox 360 video game based on the camp.
-Nothing like making a criminal an action star. If he was such a great warrior then how did he get captured in the first place?

Moazzam Begg, who spent nearly two years in the U.S. detention camp without charges, will play himself in the game, which could rake in £3 million ($5 million).

Rendition: Guantanamo lets players control a detainee trying to shoot his way out, meaning the game’s creators needed to know the layout of the prison. Begg has been consulting on the project, under development for more than a year and already drawing fierce criticim.
-Prisoners would not have had the run of the place and would not know the layout. He swindled the game developers.

“We have had a lot of hate mail about this, mainly from America, saying things like, ‘Don’t dare put out a game that shows them killing our soldiers,” Zarrar Chishti, director of Scottish software company T-Enterprise, told the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

“But no U.S. or British soldiers get killed in it. The only ones being killed are mercenaries.
-Murder is murder no matter who the target is.

Begg, a British citizen of Pakistani decent who attended a Jewish elementary school, is shown in the game as head of an organization helping the suspect to escape.
-Cute, toss in the school bit in a stupid attempt to paint him as a normal guy. Why didn’t they claim he plays catch with his puppy? (more…)

Doctor Bulldog’s Plan for Closing Guantanamo

20 May, 2009

Alright, Congress has decided to withold the money that would be used to by Obama to close Guantanamo Bay.    After cogitating on this for a few seconds, I have a solution that is a win-win for Obama and Congress:  Just pick-up and abandon Guantanamo, giving the land—and the terrorists—to Cuba.

Think about it.  With minimal expenditure, Our Dark Overlord would accomplish three things:

1)  Closing down Guantanamo would allow him to keep his fatuous campaign promise.

2)  Giving the land back to Cuba would allow the Socialist Democrats and Obamarx to actionably demonstrate their love for low-life Communist dictator scum.

3)  Releasing Islamic terrorists into the wonderful homeland of Castro would allow Our Dark Overlord to keep his dream of relocating these “peace-loving” terrorists into a country that surely will not torture or abuse them.  Right?  I mean, after all, Obama and the commie-loving Democrats keep telling us what a wonderful place Cuba is.  So, there should be no concerns with Cuba rounding them all up again and torturing them, right?

Yup, it’s a win-win proposal…

For the Second Time, Obama Overrides FBI and DHS Objections to the Release of Gitmo Detainees

30 April, 2009

I say we move the Gitmo Detainees into the White House…

BREAKING: White House Overrides FBI and DHS on Gitmo Release
by  Jed Babbin – 04/30/2009 – Human Events

Moving quickly to release Chinese Uighur terrorists into the United States, Obama administration officials have — for the second time — overridden objections of federal agencies responsible for national security.

[…] according to a federal agency source who requested anonymity — the White House has also overridden opposition to the release from both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

Beginning yesterday and continuing today, Obama administration officials are briefing key members of Congress on the release, which may happen as early as next week.

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Full article HERE


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