Today, the Obama administration announced that dozens of dangerous foreign terrorists currently housed at the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay–a facility designed specifically for the purpose it currently serves [and serves well]–will be transported to the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois.
I didn’t listen to the announcement–I’ve been kinda busy with exams and work and haven’t been to bed before 4:00 a.m. in close to a week now–but, quite honestly, I don’t need to. This administration, and the people who support it and its worldview, look at America as a problem and the Guantanamo Bay facility as one of the main symptoms. They’ll have hailed this decision as a great step in showing the rest of the world that we’re compassionate about human rights, and probably stuck in something about the decision creating jobs in little Thomson.
In reality, this shows terrorists and those who hate America that we aren’t fighting them for real, and that they’ll get the benefit of the doubt from our government right until they detonate their vest in a crowded Starbucks. And, congratulations to Thomson — while yesterday, nobody had heard of the sleepy town, today they’re represented on cave walls in Afghanistan and Pakistan by a blood-red peg on a map of the United States of America, as along with New York City in the age of the KSM show trial, little Thomson will become an epicenter on the overseas contingency operation formerly known as the Global War on Terror. Heck, Thomson even almost rhymes with Beslan. But what would this administration know about that, anyway? To them, after all, the murder of those 186 children back in 2004 is little more than a “man-caused disaster.”
But enough from me; I’ve got to get back to work. Here’s what Congressman Mike Pence had to say:
I was here at the Capitol on September the 11th. I watched the smoke rise from the Pentagon. I walked in the ashes of Ground Zero one week later. Terrorism is not theoretical to me. That’s why, like most Americans, I was astonished to read this morning’s press reports that the Obama Administration is about to transfer over seventy known dangerous terrorists from the military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay outside the United States to a prison inside the United States in the heartland of America, in the state of Illinois.
By moving known terrorists to American soil, the Obama Administration is putting international public relations ahead of public safety. How does closing Guantanamo Bay make us safer? How does moving over seventy known terrorists, to a facility in my beloved heartland of this country, make our families more safe? And how does it even make sense? Mr. President: rescind this order; reconsider your decision, put the safety and security of the American people ahead of international public opinion.
And, from House Minority Leader John Boehner, via Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment site:
The American people don’t want dangerous terrorists imported on to U.S. soil, and time after time the House and Senate have reaffirmed this position with bipartisan votes rejecting the Administration’s plan. Yet this Administration is defying the will of the American people and importing them anyway. What’s worse, this decision is completely unnecessary considering that these terrorists were already being tried by military commissions, which were specifically designed under the law to prosecute such heinous acts.
Republicans have offered a better solution. In May, we introduced the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act (H.R. 2294) to (1) affirm Congress’ opposition to transferring or releasing terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison into the United States; (2) prohibit the Administration from transferring or releasing any terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay to any state without express approval from the state’s governor and legislature; and (3) prohibit the President from transferring or releasing a terrorist detainee into the United States unless he provides notification and certification to Congress. Our proposal reflects the will of the American people, and it puts a premium on their safety and security first and foremost.
In their rush to bring Guantanamo Bay terrorists on to U.S. soil, Washington Democrats have repeatedly failed to articulate an overarching strategy to confront and defeat the terrorist threat. At the very least, the American people deserve to know how importing these dangerous terrorists and giving them the same rights as U.S. citizens will make us any safer. I have yet to see a good explanation, but Republicans will stand with Illinois families and seek every remedy at our disposal to stop this dangerous plan.
There is no rational basis whatsoever for this decision by the Obama administration, other than it being the natural progression of an attitude on foreign policy and national security that continues to undermine efforts by our military and intelligence community, and continues to put the American people at further unnecessary risk.
Requiring that soldiers Mirandize terrorists on the battlefield, moving Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to New York City for trial, announcing a withdrawal date in Afghanistan, advocating the investigation of intelligence officials, shutting down Guantanamo Bay, freeing the mastermind behind the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole — it all runs together, it all emboldens enemies of the United States of America, and it all is indicative of a perverse mentality that it is America which is the problem in the rest of the world, that it is America which fosters violence through injustice, and that it is America which needs to be taken down a peg.
With every day, it seems, this administration renders everyday Americans less and less safe in the face of a threat which will not go away unless it is beat back into submission. With every day, it seems, this administration puts political expediency ahead of potential bloodshed in the streets of American cities. And any such blood spilled here on American soil, during Barack Obama’s presidency and in the years it will inevitably take afterward to right the wrongs done on a daily basis, will be on this administration’s incapable, incompetent and ignorant hands.