Video: Graham demands Brennan’s resignation

posted at 8:48 am on February 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Jaws dropped this weekend when the man in charge of counterterrorism for the Obama administration suggested that a 20% recidivism rate for released terrorists should be acceptable to the Americans the terrorists target. John Brennan’s comparison between American criminals and terrorists at war with the US gets reaction first from Brennan’s boss, National Security Adviser Jim Jones, with Chris Wallace on Fox News. Wallace plays the clip and Jones struggles to justify it, admitting that any kind of recidivism rate isn’t good at all:

Jones says, “We can’t keep them locked up for life without some kind of due process,” but that’s exactly what the military commissions provide. Even Barack Obama acknowledges that, as the White House has already designated the commission process for a few of the Gitmo terrorists now. The military has already provided their equivalent of habeas corpus hearings with each detainee to ensure that the US has a legitimate interest in holding them. The commissions can act to confirm their status as terrorists, after which we can sentence them to life in order to keep them from committing more terrorism.

But that’s not even the real point. While their terrorist allies continue to make war on the US, we have every right to detain them indefinitely anyway. If they were stupid enough to sign up for a perpetual war as unlawful combatants, then we have no reason to release them, no more than we would have released captured prisoners in World War II before the end of the conflict. We have no requirement to release any unlawful combatant until the war is over.

Lindsey Graham has heard enough, and wants Brennan out of the administration, as he tells Wallace in another segment:

Graham can’t even wait for Wallace to finish the sentence to demand Brennan’s firing, and he’s right. The comparison between recidivism rates for “pickpockets”, the example used by Wallace, and terrorists is a complete non-sequitur. No one expects pickpockets or armed robbers to locked up for life on their first conviction, but terrorism is an entirely different manner. Americans don’t have to face the consequences of a 20% recidivism rate for foreign terrorists captured during a war unless our government gives them that opportunity by treating them like pickpockets. That’s apparently Brennan’s approach, and Barack Obama’s too for that matter.


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I’m speechless. 20% recidivism rate amongst those who want to attack the US again is ok? Brennan must go. Along with Eric Holder. And Dear Liar.

rbj on February 15, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Jaws dropped this weekend when the man in charge of counterterrorism for the Obama administration suggested that a 20% recidivism rate for released terrorists should be acceptable to the Americans the terrorists target

Death has a 0% recidivism rate. Out military should just shoot all terrorists on sight. Take no prisoners in this war.

UltimateBob on February 15, 2010 at 8:53 AM

While their terrorist allies continue to make war on the US, we have every right to detain them indefinitely anyway. If they were stupid enough to sign up for a perpetual war as unlawful combatants, then we have no reason to release them, no more than we would have released captured prisoners in World War II before the end of the conflict. We have no requirement to release any unlawful combatant until the war is over.

spot on Ed!

cmsinaz on February 15, 2010 at 8:54 AM

The absolute incompetence that seems to be promulgating throughout every single level of the B.O. Administration just boggles the mind!

This is NATIONAL SECURITY we are talking about here, not a Sunday softball game in the park!

By all means Brennan should be fired, and fired with extreme prejudice!

This Administration is NOT The Best and The Brighest! This is the Boneheaded and The Befuddled!

pilamaye on February 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Eh. Media will likely ignore. Probably only a 20 percent chance of Brennan looking for a new job…

apostic on February 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM

about time

rob verdi on February 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM

This Jim Jones needs to resign, too.

Disturb the Universe on February 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

apostic on February 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM

i think brennan will go before holder…

cmsinaz on February 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Domestic Terrorism is a crime. Foreign Terrorism is an act of war.

William Amos on February 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Pickpockets = Terrorists
Can there be any more evidence that this administration is out of touch?

right2bright on February 15, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Maybe we could release the terrorists by dropping them off the roof of a NYC skyscraper.

DaydreamBeliever on February 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Fitting how they give Lindsey the no-brainer positions to tout on the Sunday shows.

SC please show this doofus the door next time.

alexwest on February 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Domestic Terrorism is a crime. Foreign Terrorism is an act of war.

William Amos on February 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

I would not have had a problem if Timothy McVeigh et al. had been tried by a military tribunal… I considered their actions an act of war.

alexwest on February 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Graham is such a consistent thorn in the side of many of us voting Republicans, then he goes and salvages all that pain he induces with these moments of clarity.

I agree that Brennan should not be involved any longer in National Security (or, perhaps, limited as a civilian toi go on a paid speaking tour from his experiences, it’s still a free country, I wouldn’t suggest he not be able to make a living as he is able — just not in fed.govt. in National Security).

The elephant in the room in this entire Obama-Holder-Brennan push to “try” people who are clearly engaged in terrorism against the U.S. (and are, therefore, not criminals in the sense of our laws but are, indeed, enemy combatants in war), is that they’ve already been “tried” — their guilt already proclaimed and determined by those who want them “tried” instead and who represent any system in place to actually “try” them.

There’s no way they can ever hope for any non-prejudiced jury, or adjudication entirely — the very people (Obama, Holder, Brennan for starters) who are trying to actually directly represent terrorists AGAINST the U.S. have already deemed them guilty of crimes they plan to charge them with, which is, indeed, the so-called accusers being croooked themselves on a professional or “law”/”legal” context and that’s, perhaps, what Holder/Obama/Brennan are actually engaged in (what I think anyway): compounding terrorism, ’cause it’s the U.S. that is then put on trial and deemed culpable (by people such as this).

These are strong words, I realize, but I’ve yet to see or hear much from Obama/Holder/Brennan and those who reasons as they do that they represent the U.S. so much as they represent those who terrorize us.

Lourdes on February 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM

How long would 20% be ok if it was the politicians families that ISLAMIC TERRORISTS were blowing to pieces?

RealMc on February 15, 2010 at 9:03 AM

I’m speechless. 20% recidivism rate amongst those who want to attack the US again is ok? Brennan must go. Along with Eric Holder. And Dear Liar.

rbj on February 15, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Right you are.

Lourdes on February 15, 2010 at 9:03 AM

I would not have had a problem if Timothy McVeigh et al. had been tried by a military tribunal… I considered their actions an act of war.

alexwest on February 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM

McVeigh had rights given to him by the US Constitution that Sheik Mohammad should never have.

William Amos on February 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Graham being right on this issue is like a blind pig finding an acorn. He’s still a duplicitous, back-stabbing jackass who needs to be booted and replaced by a non-pretending conservative.

Extrafishy on February 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I see or hear Obama’s voice and I immediately turn the channel. Same applies for Graham, as I simply can’t stand that man’s voice, let alone having to look at the POS.

Just look at Graham’s report card (voting record) and it’s enough to make a true Conservative sick. Graham is another of those “lessor of two evils” politicians that have no right representing the American people.

That being said, I’m glad he mustered up some courage to say the obvious in this situation.

Keemo on February 15, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Well, a stopped clock is right twice a day. Lindsay has his uses, I guess.

entropent on February 15, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Obama and that gaggle of loons that surround him will get all of us killed . . . how in the world did this happen to us?

rplat on February 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Graham is usually right on foreign policy its domestic policy he sucks on. The same could be said of GW and McCain.

William Amos on February 15, 2010 at 9:10 AM

I absolutely loath the comparison between WWII prisoners of war and terrorists!

The one is covered by convention, the other is not!

OldEnglish on February 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

This should surprise no one who was paying attention in 2008. Obama is who his friends are: America-hating, terrorist-loving kooks.

SouthernGent on February 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Please, Major or Tapper, ask Gibbs today if Obama’s fine with 20% recidivism and if not, what’s his plan to drop it lower.

Graham completely ruins this early effort on FNS by stating shortly after he believes Gitmo needs to close because AQ said they use it as a recruiting tool. Let me ask you Graham, will AQ stop recruiting completely if we close Gitmo, you moron?

PatMac on February 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Hear me out on this one, please. Then I’m going to try to enjoy working on this government holiday.
What good is calling for the firing of any clown in this nutso adminnistration? It’s just like Palin calling for the retard’s firing.
So, Obama fires him and hires another enuch. He apparently has a neverending supply.
20%, civilian courts……..they don’t even pretend to think before they speak anymore. Or worse yet, they don’t even pretend to think before they act anymore.
The only way to make any difference is pure, from the ground up, outrage of the American people.

ORconservative on February 15, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Shamnesty +1

petefrt on February 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

20% recidivism = “the system worked”

Scary. Not only does Brennan think this is acceptable, he thinks this is BETTER than the “norm”. We should be able to find better people to run our country.

What is really scary is this possibility: These guys don’t really believe what they are saying, they are just parroting what Obama believes so they don’t get fired. They think that they are the best people for the job, but they have to follow the administration’s talking points or get canned.

Mord on February 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

“No one expects pickpockets or armed robbers to locked up for life on their first conviction, but terrorism is an entirely different manner.”

Not relevant either. No pickpocket I’ve heard of has engage in acts of war on our country, or given our enemies comfort and support. That is the non sequitur, not some first offense BS.

Dusty on February 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

2012 cannot come soon enough.

rollthedice on February 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

This band of idiots must vacate the people’s house. Each day brings us added confirmation just how out-of-touch are Odamna and his anti-American cohorts. The only real questions are: who supplies the tar; do we have enough feathers?

Crusader Rabbit on February 15, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Brennan demonstrates the perils of applying a crimefighting mindset to what is really a global war…His comment that American prisons have a 50% recidivism rate is rather appalling. Yet, he uses this as a yardstick to measure terrorists recidivism rate being acceptable at 20%…Rank incompetence and Americans know it…Why send our brave troops into battle and allow enemy combatants to be released to fight again…I can assure you that they are disgusted by this policy and it is a blow to unit morale…

Nozzle on February 15, 2010 at 9:20 AM

*Grahamnesty*

petefrt on February 15, 2010 at 9:20 AM

McVeigh had rights given to him ENUMERATED by the US Constitution that Sheik Mohammad should never have.

William Amos on February 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM
———————
FIFY

fossten on February 15, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Please, Major or Tapper, ask Gibbs today if Obama’s fine with 20% recidivism and if not, what’s his plan to drop it lower.

PatMac on February 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

It doesn’t matter if anyone asks Gibbs a question like that, he won’t answer it. he’ll just give them a smirk and a wave of his hand and ask if someone else has another question.

These people do not take this situation seriously at all.

UltimateBob on February 15, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Lindsey is on the right side of this issue for a change…Yet, his wanting to close gitmo because it is an al qaeda recruiting tool is repeating a democratic talking point that has no basis in fact…Was Gitmo an issue for al Qaeda on 9-11? Don’t think so Lindsey. He and John McCain just can’t help themselves. They just aren’t sure they are Republicans…

Nozzle on February 15, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Just so we get the bleeds blue argument out of the way right now:

Condemning someone to life in prison without a trial is simply wrong on every level.

Bleeds Blue on September 24, 2009 at 9:10 AM

We have done it to the enemy and had it done to our soldiers in every war. This war is no different.

Should we have released Nazi and Japanese soldiers after capture but during our war with those countries?

unclesmrgol on September 24, 2009 at 9:26 AM

The above comments are courtesy of a Hot Air post by Ed on September 24, 2009 entitled Obama WH adopts Bush indefinite-detention position

I guess that came with an expiration date too. Obama must need the money spent keeping these guys locked up for heathcare or something…

unclesmrgol on February 15, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Brennan is as much a threat to the US as are al qaeda terrorists.

ladyingray on February 15, 2010 at 9:25 AM

…not realizing that these guys are pathogens.

unclesmrgol on February 15, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Graham is an idiot.

What happens when groups of US citizens are deemed terrorists? Those laws can be dangerous.

popularpeoplesfront on February 15, 2010 at 9:28 AM

We have no requirement to release any unlawful combatant until the war is over.

More: we have every right to put them against a wall and shoot them dead – as detailed in the laws of war.

Rebar on February 15, 2010 at 9:28 AM

I think this administration loathes the American people…

PatriotRider on February 15, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Well, a stopped clock is right twice a day. Lindsay has his uses, I guess.

entropent on February 15, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Right. He was also very effective when he questioned Holder a couple of months ago about KSM in NY.

CarolynM on February 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Jones comes off as a fool in his interview as well…I never thought much of him as a Marine and now I know why. He works for a committed marxist and he even disparaged the “troop surge” that facilitated victory in Iraq. Like Lindsey, he committs an unforced error by repeating a democratic talking point with no basis in fact. Even worse, it slanders the record of our brave warriors who destroyed al Qaeda in Iraq. He is who I thought he was, a fake warrior who loves the sound of his own voice. Like Murtha, a sorry example of a Marine…

Nozzle on February 15, 2010 at 9:31 AM

THis is beyond incompetence. I’m beginning to think Obama wants another attack on our home soil. That would be a marvelous crisis for them to exploit.

jukin on February 15, 2010 at 9:33 AM

So… 20% recidivism is A-OK with murderers???

Brilliant.

rockbend on February 15, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Did I actually hear Brennan say the word “rehabilitate” in reference to terrorists? What universe are these libs living in, where common sense is void?

What could tempt a jihadi to reform? Pain of death? That’s a prize in their eyes.

citrus on February 15, 2010 at 9:35 AM

The Lockerbie bomber sure appreciates the West’s sense of compassion. Why, he is still alive in Libya 6 months after his release on humanitarian grounds. He was only supposed to have 3 more months to live. Modern Libyan medicine sure is wonderful. Besides, he was only responsible for killing 270 people.

THIS is the mindset we are up against.

GnuBreed on February 15, 2010 at 9:37 AM

These people do not take this situation seriously at all.

UltimateBob on February 15, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Because all the fear mongering is overblown and only feeds the racket.

popularpeoplesfront on February 15, 2010 at 9:38 AM

THis is beyond incompetence. I’m beginning to think Obama wants another attack on our home soil. That would be a marvelous crisis for them to exploit.

jukin on February 15, 2010 at 9:33 AM

I don’t think Obama could do it. The majority of the people in all the polls are against Obama’s terror policies. They see them as making America “less safe”. He can try and spin it however he wants, but everyone is going to blame him. When we get attacked again, and if it is successful, Obama’s goose is cooked. The perception is that he just doesn’t take the War on Terror seriously, and the few thousand dead Americans which are the result of his policies will be placed squarely at his feet.

txaggie on February 15, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Lindsey saying Gitmo is a recruiting tool for al Qaeda is like saying that Alcatraz was a causation for murder, rape and robbery…It’s stupid! Let’s keep Gitmo and make it like Hotel California, you can check in but you may never leave…So easy a caveman could do it…Get with it Lindsey!

Nozzle on February 15, 2010 at 9:43 AM

It doesn’t matter if anyone asks Gibbs a question like that, he won’t answer it. he’ll just give them a smirk and a wave of his hand and ask if someone else has another question.

These people do not take this situation seriously at all.

UltimateBob on February 15, 2010 at 9:23 AM

I agree with your expectations of Gibbs but this is why it needs to be asked. If he blows off the question, then that is their answer -”we don’t take this seriously”. Somebody needs to force an administration response today.

PatMac on February 15, 2010 at 9:46 AM

I’m beginning to think Gitmo is a recruitment tool because life is so good there and if they stay awile they get stardom American style and get a free podium for jihad.

A little sanity in our government and security would be most welcome.

ORconservative on February 15, 2010 at 9:51 AM

terrorism is an entirely different manner.

I don’t think this administration quite gets that. Dick Cheney knew what to do with terrorists. I wish he was in charge of their fate.

scalleywag on February 15, 2010 at 9:51 AM

popularpeoplesfront on February 15, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Run and calculate the odds of being locked up in a concentration camp by a war profiteer. Bet it’s less likely than dying in a fall! Fearmonger!

Chris_Balsz on February 15, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Technically, they AREN’T “unlawful combatants” as that term is not defined or addressed in Geneva-only “lawful combatants” are. Legal jargon aside, I agree- keep these guys locked up until the sun doesn’t shine- or better yet, kill them, as we did to so many “unlawful combatants” during other wars (the Battle of the Bulge’s Operation Grief by Otto Skorzeny comes to mind). But only after waterboarding them first.

rotorhead on February 15, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I thought Grahamnesty supported citizenship for detainees if they were found innocent and released?

Ooops.

HondaV65 on February 15, 2010 at 10:00 AM

I would have sold my eldest child to the Gypsies to hear Wallace ask Lindsay the following:

“Now that Phil Jones of the CRU has admitted that for the LAST FIFTEEN YEARS there has not been any evidence of substantial Global Warming, and that Michael Mann’s hockey stick graph has been shown to be scientifically deficient, have you modified your opinion onf Cap and Tax and Man-made Global Warming?

BigAlSouth on February 15, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Gibbs’ retweeting Glenn Thrush.

Condi Rice sounded a lot like John Brennan when talking about Gitmo in ’05. But nobody called for her firing.

I’m not sure why Thrush tweeted what he did, and why Gibbs picked up on it (although I’m sure mindless mediocrity has something to do with it), given that in his original article, he says:

The difference between Rice and Brennan, is, of course, one of tone and context. Brennan wants to close Gitmo and try some of its inmates in American courts. Rice was working for an administration that wanted to Gitmo open indefinitely — and she was being pressed to explain why only five of 38 detainees deemed to be of no danger to the U.S. had yet to be been released by April 2005.

Nethicus on February 15, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Any chance we could get BOTH of them to resign? I like Grahamnesty’s idea, I just have no more use for him personally or politically.

Tim Zank on February 15, 2010 at 10:05 AM

We have no requirement to release any unlawful combatant until the war is over.

We have no requirement to keep any unlawful combatant. The laws of war embodied in the Geneva Conventions allow us to execute them on the spot.

chemman on February 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

“We’re not going to be able to keep people confined for the rest of their lives”

Exsqueeze me? You’re a fracking retired four star Marine general who was SACEUR and is now National Security Advisor and you don’t know that we can keep (illegal) enemy combatants for the duration of the war? Is everyone in this administration a complete moron?

jnelchef on February 15, 2010 at 10:17 AM

John Brennan’s comparison between American criminals and terrorists at war with the US gets reaction first from Brennan’s boss, National Security Adviser Jim Jones, with Chris Wallace on Fox News.

Obama’s administration has become somewhat famous for floating trial balloons during weekends, to see what the media and public reaction might be to an idea or potential storyline for a response to a heated issue.

Eric Holder had been targeted before this past weekend as potentially the first high level Obama admin figure to be the required sacrificial lamb to throw under the bus, as has been suggested by some in the MSM as standard operating procedure when a president begins to flounder in the public’s perception. But I have a hunch that Holder is someone that Obama wants to hang onto for awhile. And Janet Napolitano, who is a joke and woefully incompetent, would be too obvious a choice, and not high level enough to quell the hue and cry.

Enter Brennan, and his aloof and disconnected boss, Jones, to test the reaction to their astoundingly cavalier approach to national security issues. That immediately changes the MSM’s focus, and elicits a knee-jerk reaction of outrage from the general public, something some of their inside advisors must have picked up on when reviewing what the reaction was to hot button issues by the voting public over the past few months.

One or both will likely be thrown under the bus, to take the heat off Holder and the issue of trying KSM, et al, in New York City. That, at least, might buy some time for Holder by deflecting the public’s and MSM’s attention while Obama’s people figure out a better strategy for the handling and processing of enemy combatants.

The big question is: Who can Obama convince to take over those high profile jobs, especially as it will be deemed as stepping up to get in line for a later round of throwing people under the bus when it becomes politically necessary?

KendraWilder on February 15, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Lindsey hears the footsteps of the Tea Party!

pgrossjr on February 15, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Guantanamo Bay Class of ’09, Now Released, Gathers for Class Reunion, Mass Destruction http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/12/guantanamo-bay-class-of-08-now-released.html

Mervis Winter on February 15, 2010 at 10:46 AM

In 1943, was there any discussion about how to return captured German soldiers to Germany?

MarkTheGreat on February 15, 2010 at 10:46 AM

This guy Brennan seems unusually stupid and reckless. Who is he?

Jaibones on February 15, 2010 at 10:49 AM

I served in the military, one of my sons served and the other is currently going through a security clearance so that he can serve. I don’t want my children facing ANY Muslim terrorist RELEASED by American libtards. The jihadis stay in prison until hostilities are over. Period.

This douche and all his buddies need to be retired from public service. Right now they’re a public disservice.

Mojave Mark on February 15, 2010 at 10:49 AM

What’s the issue?

Brennan is only implementing Obama’s policies.

Obama won, didn’t he?

So what if there will be a few or several more terrorist attacks? It’s unlikely they will rise to the level of murders in America. And terrorists, like murderers are simply people who had tough childhoods and are acting out. It’s cruel to imprison either category for life. Besides, we certainly don’t let murderers have nuclear weapons. Terrorsits shouldn’t be allowed to have them either. We can pass some laws to prevent it.

And anyway, Obama and his kids are very well protected. No matter how bad it gets, he will surely survive to continue to lead and change the country for the better.

notagool on February 15, 2010 at 10:50 AM

“Lindsey Graham: Staunch Tea Party Conservative”

Wine_N_Dine on February 15, 2010 at 10:54 AM

The lies and deceptions that are continuously purveyed by the Obama administration are only overshadowed by the total incpmpetence that is apparent on every level. You can be intelligent and naive or stupid and incpompetent, when the end results are exactly the same, there is not a difference, This administration will go down as the highrest educated in our history as well as the most incompetent to have ever served.

volsense on February 15, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Using Graham’s logic, since our evil way of life is also a recruiting tool does that mean we should turn ourselves into an islamic state in order to avoid angering the terrorists?

The idea is retarded.

kagai on February 15, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Lindsey Graham:Staunch Tea Party Conservative ~Wine_N_Dine

Graham is a McCain lapdog, nothing more, nothing less. He is a RINO who becomes conservative when it suits his own best interests in election years.

volsense on February 15, 2010 at 10:59 AM

kagai – I think you’ve misinterpreted the statement.

There are folks for whom the size, influence, and (well, now we have to say) relative prosperity make the US an object of hatred.

Not going to change that, and short of some reasonable public diplomacy efforts we shouldn’t try.

What we should do (and what even Bush 43 was a bit weak on) is make clear through our statements and actions that we will respond vigorously, using all necessary force, to threats on American interests, American citizens, and American property.

As for Graham, it’s fun to watch him wind up on Obama’s national ‘security’ folks, I just wish he’d shut his pie-hole when it comes to climate change and CO2 regulation.

JEM on February 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM

“I think it would be better to have a new person in that job.”
Starting with 0bBAMA. This fish stinks and the rot is from the head down. This whole administration has been deliberately populated with disastrous incompetents, traitors and criminals. IMPEACH!

Yephora on February 15, 2010 at 12:15 PM

What is really scary is this possibility: These guys don’t really believe what they are saying, they are just parroting what Obama believes so they don’t get fired. They think that they are the best people for the job, but they have to follow the administration’s talking points or get canned.

Mord on February 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

I question their patriotism.

Mirimichi on February 15, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Maybe we could release the terrorists by dropping them off the roof of a NYC skyscraper.DaydreamBeliever on February 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

The punishment would fit the crime–the same fate as the 9/11 jumpers.

Steve Z on February 15, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Does it bother anyone else that an employee at Brennan’s security firm was busted doing espionage with Oliar’s passport records at the State Dept before
the election and now he’s a front man for National Security? This stinks on a bunch of different levels.
So if we don’t like how he’s handling counter terrorism WE’RE helping AQ? And isn’t a counter terror chief supposed to keep a low profile?

ontherocks on February 15, 2010 at 1:38 PM

We have no requirement to release any unlawful combatant until the war is over.

When and IF the WOT is over, when and IF ALL jihadists go back to their plowshares, then and only then do we even THINK about releasing any of their captured soldiers.

It’s a WAR, stupid!

fred5678 on February 15, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Only 20%? How benevolent of the Obama Administration.

They who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Be careful of what you wish for because it may come true.

Helloyawl on February 15, 2010 at 1:59 PM

This 20% rate is an absurd notion to begin with. Assuming we let go the ones that were the most loosely connected and lower level players. The more hardcore ones that we apparently are contemplating releasing would return to terrorism at a much higher rate as well as going right to the 80% that had not yet returned to the fight for recruits. We would end up with a recidivism rate closer to 100% than 20% when all was said and done.

RW_theoriginal on February 15, 2010 at 2:24 PM

This from Mr. Cap and Trade? Mr. Amenesty for illegals? Tell me, who should be resigning?

kens on February 15, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Graham completely ruins this early effort on FNS by stating shortly after he believes Gitmo needs to close because AQ said they use it as a recruiting tool.

PatMac on February 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Hmm. “Terrorists end up in Gitmo, so come and be a terrorist!” How exactly is this an effective recruiting tool, anyway, Lindsay?

Tuning Spork on February 15, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Isn’t it at least arguable that the release of terrorists is a recruiting tool?

Trochilus on February 15, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Good on you Sen. Graham for doing your job. The SC Tea Party reversed its decision to unite with the establishment GOP last week. It was reported that many calls objecting to such a relationship were received by SC Tea Party members.
Can you hear us now ?

sonnyspats1 on February 15, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Glen Beck and his posse were on the air today kicking around solutions on the detainee problem. One solution was to pierce their scull and suck their brains out and call it a really really late term abortion.

sonnyspats1 on February 15, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Glen Beck and his posse were on the air today kicking around solutions on the detainee problem. One solution was to pierce their scull and suck their brains out and call it a really really late term abortion.

Beck is a troglodyte and conspiracy nut. Only problem is that he is the only one allowed to come up with the bonafide conspiracies, anyone else is a nut in his eyes. Even people who don’t beleive in conspiracies, but are associated to them through politcal smears.

paulsur on February 15, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Hell, if you own a pack of dogs and only 20 % of them kill people, I don’t understand why the neighbors are complaining.

MaiDee on February 15, 2010 at 11:26 PM