Yemen shows why we need Gitmo

posted at 9:23 am on February 9, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

President Obama plans to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and return most of the inmates to their countries of origin.  That idea took a blow last month when a former Gitmo detainee took over the #2 spot in AQ’s Yemeni network.  Now he has 170 potential new recruits — or shall we call them re-recruits?

Yemeni security officials say the country has released 170 suspected al-Qaida members from custody, less than two weeks after the terror group announced that Yemen has become a base for its regional activities.

The officials say the suspects were freed Friday and Saturday after signing pledges not to engage in terrorism. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not allowed to make statements to the media.

And now for the good news:

Yemen says it also expects most of the 100 Yemenis still held in the American prison camp at Guantanamo to be sent home after President Barack Obama ordered the prison shut.

What a great idea!  Let’s release the terrorists back to Yemen, so that they can sign pledges never to engage in terrorism.  They wouldn’t lie, now, would they?

Anyone released from Guantanamo Bay back into Yemen will wind up trying to kill Americans.  Our intelligence services will have to find them all over again and capture them before they can carry out any terrorist attack on Americans here or abroad.  Once captured, the US will have to detain them in a secure facility where they cannot escape and cannot do harm to their captors.

A facility designed to house terrorists.

A facility that employs people experienced at the task of housing terrorists.

Where, oh where, might we find such a facility?

Hmmmmmmm.

Maybe we should make it easy on ourselves and leave the terrorists where they’re at.


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Let’s see, a remote location to keep terrorists who do not believe in the rule of law. 100 miles from our coast. No, not good enough.

We NEED them in CA and NYC. Where we have millions of people who can watch them.

No Remote Locations for Terrorists. RePoPULATE them in our cities! C’mon Barack! Do it!

originalpechanga on February 9, 2009 at 9:26 AM

No more prisoners, from now on it’s 2 in the chest, 1 in the head.

Tony737 on February 9, 2009 at 9:29 AM

If Obama sends them back to Yemen, then I will start believing that he is our enemy. And then it might be time for that revolution….

funsutton on February 9, 2009 at 9:33 AM

Remember what Pelosi said about Iraq in 2006: “This is not a war to win. It’s a situation to be solved.”

CP on February 9, 2009 at 9:35 AM

If your a dead Terrorist we don’t have to give you 3 squares and a cot…

So cya! Enjoy your virgins…

Mark Garnett on February 9, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Anyone released from Guantanamo Bay back into Yemen will wind up trying to kill Americans.

And they will succeed at some point. It will be interesting to see how thay plays out.

Vashta.Nerada on February 9, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Well look the guy who helped plan the Cole Bombing is having the charges dropped. Where did that happen at? I just HOPE the one doesn’t send our ships back there to refuel ever again.

Brat4life on February 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Yemen says it also expects most of the 100 Yemenis still held in the American prison camp at Guantanamo to be sent home after President Barack Obama ordered the prison shut.

At what point does the American public wake up and realize that the nation is less safe with the filthy bastard in the White House and the Democrats in charge of Congress? Seriously. I wasn’t happy with everything that GWB did but the inexperience and world view of the filthy bastard and Democrats scares me.

highhopes on February 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

I just HOPE the one doesn’t send our ships back there to refuel ever again.

Brat4life on February 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Keep in mind that the USS Cole didn’t need to refuel there either. It was a “show the flag” thing orchestrated by the Clinton State Department. Count on this kind of stuff with the filthy bastard in the White House and yet another Clinton at State.

highhopes on February 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Our intelligence services will have to find them all over again and capture kill them before they can carry out any terrorist attack on Americans here or abroad.

Fixed.

flipflop on February 9, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Our brave men and women have been fighting and dying for years to protect us from the terrorist vermin scattered across the Middle East. Their sacrifices mean nothing to Obama. He has chosen to set these terrorists free, giving them a free pass and an opportunity to kill again. His actions have put our military back in their sights and our armored vehicles heading for more IEDs.

Bottom line …. Obama is saying FU to our nation’s very best.

He is not my president.

fogw on February 9, 2009 at 9:51 AM

I pledge not to engage in terrorism…

I pledge not to have lobbyists in my administration…

And your check’s in the post…

EnglishMike on February 9, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Here’s a stimulus idea: build more Reapers, more Predators, more drones of every shape and size.

Employ the intelligence tactics used so successfully on the Afghan/Pakistan border to destroy AQ in Yemen.

Repeat as necessary across Middle East and Africa.

EnglishMike on February 9, 2009 at 9:58 AM

At what point does the American public wake up and realize that the nation is less safe with the filthy bastard in the White House and the Democrats in charge of Congress? Seriously. I wasn’t happy with everything that GWB did but the inexperience and world view of the filthy bastard and Democrats scares me.

highhopes on February 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

My sentiments exactly.

ladyingray on February 9, 2009 at 10:07 AM

Send the them back to Yemen on a boat, a very old and leaky boat.

WashJeff on February 9, 2009 at 10:09 AM

We don’t need Gitmo. Squeeze them for information in rendition facilities, then off to the firing squad and a burial in quicklime.

If they wear uniforms, they deserve to be treated like POWs. If they don’t, they deserve to be shot without trial. That’s the way it used to work and Gitmo was just a fig leaf to try and be more “gentle” in the War on Islam. Gitmo was never a good idea.

Once Obama’s weak policies lead to a mass slaughter of Americans on US soil, I suspect there won’t be much patience for a luxurious detention facility, or keeping vicious terrorists alive in them.

bonnie_ on February 9, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Flat-out the most inexperienced, naive tyro ever to run for POTUS, but hey he sure looks good in that suit so let’s elect him.

Ogabe is going to get a lot of Americans killed before he is driven from office.

Bishop on February 9, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Hey look,we were told by the “smart ones” that Obama did not need experience to be a successful President because he has superior judgment.
Looking at the idiotic flopping around he has done in his first few weeks and taking in account his bad decision making with his “moral compass” Rev. Wright and the terrorist Ayers,it is obvious he posses the judgment God gave Rosanne Barr.

Closing Gitmo looks great to his left wing base and friends in France, but strategically he has opened himself up to major legal and political problems.Obama has backed himself
into a corner and has to go through with either jailing terrorist on American soil (lawyers on TV 24/7) or sending them to countries that will either put them back on terrorist payroll or torture/kill them.Worst case scenario is putting them through our court system here and probably having them released in this country.
Either way,Obama is making the situation worse and more dangerous for innocent civilians in his quest to please his left wing base and friends abroad.

This is some of the push back we are getting from Mr. judgments policy of talking to Iran without preconditions:

Hamas: Obama’s Talks With Iran A Victory For Islamic Revolution

Allah Akhbar.
Hamas said today that Barack Obama’s planned talks without preconditions with the Iranian Regime is a great victory for the Islamic Revolution.
Hamas added that the Islamic Revolution served as an incentive for the Palestinian people to terminate Israeli occupation.

Fars News reported:

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US efforts to hold direct talks with Iran is one of the Islamic Revolution’s achievements, Hamas envoy to Tehran said.

Speaking on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the victory of Islamic Revolution in Iran’s northwestern province of East Azarbaijan on Sunday, Abu Osama Al-Muati referred to the US enmity with the Muslims, and reiterated that the White House approach helps to the integrity of Muslims.

Every single move Obama has done in reference to the War on Terror has signaled capitulation and surrender to the Jihadist.

Baxter Greene on February 9, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Recidivism keeps the terrorism cycle rolling smoothly. Let us place all our trust blindly in President Gumby because he knows best. He has vast experience with handling terrorism matters, having been a…community organizer. He also has vast knowledge of strategic military issues, having been a…community organizer.

whitetop on February 9, 2009 at 10:28 AM

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It was sad to see the good Black lady who lost a brave Navy son in the U.S.S. Cole bombing wake up. President Obama (PBUH) invited her to come to the White House to hear his reasons for stopping the trial of the Jihidi who masterminded the attack.
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She refused to attend and be used as “cover” for Obama. She said, “I voted for President Obama–I never would have done so if I had known what he would do!”
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Her son’s murderers will never face trial–they will be released by our civilian court system soon due to lack of evidence.
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WAKE UP AMERIKA!
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John Bibb
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rocketman on February 9, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Feed them to the sea kittens. Or are you against sea kittens?

rbj on February 9, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Once Obama’s weak policies lead to a mass slaughter of Americans on US soil, I suspect there won’t be much patience for a luxurious detention facility, or keeping vicious terrorists alive in them.

bonnie_ on February 9, 2009 at 10:09 AM

I’m not so sure about this anymore. Can’t shake the nagging feeling that we are firmly back in a 9/10 mindset and that the majority of our fellow citizens just want to be done with the whole “war & terrorism thing”.

Maybe it’s just Monday blues, but I have the sinking feeling that if we get hit hard again there will be a collective groan and call to throw in the towel.

Bruno Strozek on February 9, 2009 at 10:40 AM

How much longer of this Crap do we have to wade through?

Tim Burton on February 9, 2009 at 10:47 AM

“In early 2005, four white wind turbines began operating John Paul Jones Hill, the base’s highest point, named after the Revolutionary War naval hero. The turbines, standing at 80 meters (262 feet) high, feature three-blade turbines. The four turbines were estimated to provide as much as a quarter of the base’s power generation during the high-wind months of late summer and fall; an appreciable fact given that Guantanamo Bay is completely self-sustaining, generating its own power and water without having to rely on Cuban municipal sources. In addition to generating power, the turbines have significantly cut down on emissions of greenhouse gases created through burning diesel fuel. Black clouds containing carbon dioxide can routinely be seen pouring from the diesel generators supplying power to the base’s energy grid. Each turbine is anchored in a giant block of concrete, through which 22 soil anchors are drilled into the mountain to a depth of 30 to 40 feet deep. These are then sealed with grout. The automated turbines are rated to withstand winds of up to 140 miles per hour. ”

Gitmo looks like the future..

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/guantanamo-bay.htm

the_nile on February 9, 2009 at 10:49 AM

”Do you, Abdul, promise never to engage in terrorist activities against the Great Satan?”

”I do, so help me Allah.”(fingers crossed).

drflykilla on February 9, 2009 at 10:54 AM

20 days into the dorm-boys administration and the most dangerous nuclear scientist in the world is back on the streets, Russia is rattling its sabers, charges have been dropped against the mastermind of the Cole attack, Gitmo is closing, Gitmos terrorist are lawyering up and about to go on the American dole, and now 170 terrorists are back on the streets.

If this keeps up, Obama will have to give another speech.

notagool on February 9, 2009 at 11:14 AM

i’m no fan of torture, so I’m okay with that EO, but it’s just plain idiotic to close Guantanamo Bay. The One can extend due process and what not to terrorists quite well from there.
The problem is he’s worried about the optics, the “symbolism” of it all. “Bad things happened here once, so we can’t stay.”

Trent1289 on February 9, 2009 at 11:18 AM

If this keeps up, Obama will have to give another speech.

notagool on February 9, 2009 at 11:14 AM

And we all know how a few stern words will change the hearts and minds of those who seek to destroy us.

Over the past 20 days, the length of the Obama Administration thus far, have you noticed how Obama is using far more strident language against conservatives here in the U.S., while saying the nicest things, or nothing at all, to the real enemies of America and the West?

[1440 days to go…gonna be a bumpy ride.]

coldwarrior on February 9, 2009 at 11:21 AM

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect

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President Barack Hussein Obama 1/20/09

dmann on February 9, 2009 at 11:24 AM

It’s not terrorism if used against the USA, Europe, Israel Afghanistan, Iraq, only if used against Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, pfakistinians, Lebanon, Egypt and/or Iran.
Funny how that works out great for most terrorists.

eaglewingz08 on February 9, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Hey Ed, lighten up. Yemen released one of OBL’s “driver” a few weeks back; he’s still motoring around those parts looking for a place to blow up. (FYI to anyone who buys the bull “he did not know or support his employer’s goals”: Hamadan was the slub who personally brought Osama bin Laden the “good news” about al Qaeda’s successful bombings of our two embassies. If I’ve defamed his character, Hamdan is now free to sue me.)

Sergeant Tim on February 9, 2009 at 11:34 AM

[1440 days to go…gonna be a bumpy ride.]

coldwarrior on February 9, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Dream on.
He is in for life.
I for one welcome our new BO overlord and his blinky sidekick.

They have it all and will never ever let it go.

jmarcure on February 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM

It’s not terrorism if used against the USA, Europe, Israel Afghanistan, Iraq, only if used against Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, pfakistinians, Lebanon, Egypt and/or Iran.
Funny how that works out great for most terrorists.

eaglewingz08 on February 9, 2009 at 11:24 AM

That is simply not true. It is only terrorism if it is the USA. All others are just being cultural.

jmarcure on February 9, 2009 at 12:09 PM

At what point does the American public wake up and realize that the nation is less safe with the filthy bastard in the White House and the Democrats in charge of Congress? Seriously. I wasn’t happy with everything that GWB did but the inexperience and world view of the filthy bastard and Democrats scares me.

highhopes on February 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

America is a sleeping narcoleptic giant.

Disturb the Universe on February 9, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Gitmo prisoners released…A.Q. Khan released…what could possibly go wrong?

Disturb the Universe on February 9, 2009 at 12:12 PM

I had a friend who was an editor for the New York Times World section. He died this past December. I’ll always remember when I went to visit him in Paris, a conversation we had about the prisoners in Gitmo. He claimed that the people in Gitmo were innocents randomly picked up by the United States in Afghanistan. I told him that it is just crazy to believe that Bush and company would spend so much effort without good reason. The conversation ended in anger. I never had much respect for NYT reporting after that.

I’m sure that my friend was replaced at the NYT with someone with the same set of biases. And thus we know how the MSM will not report these facts.

thuja on February 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM

This is exactly why I left DC.

I didn’t relish residing in target central, especially when those in charge of keeping these guys out are geriatric hippies like that dope Pelosi or community organizers like the trainee in the White House.

NoDonkey on February 9, 2009 at 2:37 PM