Is the administration again preparing to transfer Guantanamo prisoners to an Illinois facility?
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Moreover, there is something amiss about a President who sees his options as either drone strikes or criminal trials when it comes to going after terrorists. At every turn, President Obama has sought to avoid the sensible and militarily valuable middle-ground of military detention, which would maximize intelligence-gathering opportunities while minimizing the legal and security risks that go with criminal trials. The mastermind of 9/11 and his associates are only on trial by military commission at Gitmo after administration delays to the commission proceedings and the failure of the administration to transfer Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and company to New York in 2009. The President’s profound — and profoundly misguided — discomfort with military detention is clear, making it all the more likely that he and his allies are maneuvering to bring Gitmo detainees to the United States, most likely for eventual criminal prosecution in federal court.
Ironically, the Obama administration is sending troubling signals that on his watch, not even conviction and incarceration in the civilian criminal system will guarantee that justice will be served. Several reports have indicated that the administration is contemplating releasing “The Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman, the spiritual advisor to the 1993 World Trade Center terrorists, from federal prison, transferring him to Egyptian custody.
If left unchecked now, President Obama and his allies may move in the near future to bring Gitmo detainees to American shores. If that happens, we will be one step closer to losing a war that President Obama does not care to admit we are in, whether we like it or not.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?