Last night, Gwyneth Paltrow wished up on a falling star, if she believes in such a thing, that Barack Obama would have greater opportunity to enact his legislative agenda without having to rely on the pesky details associated with a representative democracy. This morning, the Hill announced that Barack Obama is considering using executive action to close Guantanamo Bay‘s terrorist detention facility and by pass legislation designed to keep Gitmo detainees out of the American prison population.
Coincidence? I think not. Also a conicidence? I fully support this idea if the terrorists can be relocated to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Brentwood mansion. She already has the 9-foot steel gates.
President Obama is considering executive action to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, despite congressional legislation that bans the transfer of detainees there to prisons in the U.S., according to a Thursday report.
Administration officials told The Wall Street Journal that that the president is weighing two options to force the closure of the controversial facility, which he pledged to shutter before his election in 2008.
Obama could veto the annual defense spending bill, which includes a provision prohibiting him from moving any of the prison’s remaining 149 inmates back to the United States. Doing so would force Congress to either override the veto with a two-thirds majority or risk cutting off funding for the military.
Now, while I don’t necessarily think closing Gitmo and transferring its residents elsewhere (perhaps to off-the-grid facilities in other, undisclosed locations), I can’t say the latter half of this brilliant plan thrills me, particularly given that there’s been talk of filling up an empty Illinois detention facility with the transfers. Plus, there’s ISIS and whatnot. I mean, now that that’s completely undercontrol, why the hell wouldn’t we take the chance of releasing dangerous criminals captured on the field of battle in the Middle East into the American prison population?
That said, I wouldn’t be surprised. Closing Gitmo was an Administration priority from day one, and that failure is a scar on the otherwise untarnished Obama presidency. Errrr… I mean, given that he’s now facing criticism from all sides except Paul Krugman’s, it seems natural that Barack Obama will try to save at least one aspect of his original agenda. I suppose we should just be grateful it doesn’t involve forcibly co-opting the entire telecommunications industry to spy on average Americans. Yet.