Would You Like A Gitmo Neighbor?–UPDATED AND BUMPED
UPDATED: Yesterday, I wrote about this. Today, Reuters is confirming the concern. President Obama plans to release terrorists into the United States population. Yes, you read that right. It’s worse than you think:
“For those who are in that second category, who can be released, there are a variety of options that we have. Among them is the possibility that we could release them into this country,” he said.
Holder said it was possible the 17 Chinese Muslims who have been held for years at Guantanamo, and two or three others prisoners, could be freed in the United States.
The 17 members of the Uighur ethic group have been cleared for release but have nonetheless remained at Guantanamo while the United States tries to find a country willing to take them. The U.S. government has said it cannot return them to China because they would face persecution there.
“We’ve been trying to come up with places for them,” Holder said of the Uighurs. Their lawyers have asked Obama to bring them to the United States.
So, no one in the world wants them. The natural solution? Release them in the United States! My only request of Attorney General Holder: Please, please just release them to Berkeley, California. Or better yet, I’m sure the Kos kids will take ’em.
Why will Holder consider releasing them in the US? The Obama administration found out that talk is cheap among our European allies. Most of the detainees can’t return to their home countries, because their home countries will either kill them (Saudi Arabia, China), torture them and then kill them (Egypt), or send them straight back to al-Qaeda with lovely parting gifts (Yemen). Obama wants Europe to take them, since most of Europe spent the last seven years criticizing Gitmo and demanding their release. Now that Obama actually called their bluff, Europe suddenly discovers that they don’t want dangerous terrorists in their back yards, either.
Is Obama calling the Left’s bluff? That would actually be pretty smart–except I can totally see him releasing these people on American soil. Like I said, Berkeley sounds like a good place for ’em.
No one wants a Gitmo detainee for a neighbor and for good reason. In January, I wrote about the problems that the terrorists would present if they sat in American prisons:
What do you do with murderous and suicidal terrorists intent on killing prison guards or killing themselves? What do you do with a bunch of crazies who wish to spread a virulent ideology to any discontent who will listen? What do you do with dangerous people possessing dangerous secrets where the secrets, if leaked in a court battle, would endanger those in the court, the local populace, and the world at large? What do you do enemies who would provide a target-rich environment for those who would “save” them from prison? How do you keep those around these targets safe?
And of course, this is the problem with that vague European solution:
So some European countries might accept these powder kegs. Seems they don’t want the innocent lambs among their prison population and population in general, either. They want to snipe at President Bush for vague human rights concerns but they don’t want to expose their own populations to the risk these guys present. How very typically hypocritical.
Why would the brave Europeans balk at these guys? Maybe this is why:
This video illustrates why President Bush created Guantanamo. He’s looking smarter by the day.