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Camp Delta Has Nothing To Do With
Obama has repeatedly stated that the reason he's closing Gitmo
is that it's a public relations tool for al-Qaeda -- that a key
motivator driving this jihad is the existence of Camp Delta.
I say nonsense! I further say to Obama, prove it!
Prove that statement. If that's your justification for
freeing terrorists, prove it. Where's your evidence?
Al-Qaeda had no problem signing up Muslims to kill
anyone that wasn't a Muslim long before Camp Delta was even a
notion. So, what makes Obama think that Gitmo has anything
to do with this jihad? Muslims have been slaughtering
people for 16 or 17 centuries. It's what they do.
They are encouraged to spread their false religion by the sword.
It's in the Quran. The Quran
contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with
nonbelievers. Some are quite graphic, with commands to
chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may
be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called
"hypocrites" and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if
they do not join the slaughter.
Obama, studied Islam.
He was enrolled in "mengagi" classes for
3 or 4 years. He has
studied the Quran in it's native Arabic. He has publicly
shahada, the Arabic call to prayer.
According to Islamic
scholars, reciting the shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith,
makes one a Muslim. He knows what's in the
Quran. He knows that
long after all of us are gone, Muslim fanatics will still be
engaged in the wholesale murder of anyone that offends their
false prophet or their sensibilities, or whatever drives their
twisted need for bloodletting.
My question to the Usurper is this -- what
happens after you close down Gitmo and al-Qaeda continues to get all the
recruits it needs? Will you admit you haven't got a clue, or will
you blame George Bush?
says Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended Obama’s
intelligence chief saying, "He didn’t have to know about the London
terror plot." Obama Intelligence Chief James Clapper was surprised
in an interview last week to hear that several terror suspects had been
arrested in Britain in an anti-terror sweep -- the largest
counterterrorism raid in nearly two years.
James Clapper is the
principal adviser to President Obama, the National Security Council, and
the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to
FOX Nation reported this from Mediaite:
I knew. [Chief Counterterrorism
Advisor] John Brennan knew. We also knew there was no connect
that had been perceived to anything going on in the homeland and
that we were in perfect connectivity with our colleagues in Britain.
So one of the things I think that should be very clear to the
American people is that those of us in homeland security who needed
to know, we knew.
It’s good to know that this guy is the principal
advisor to Obama, huh?
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Obama's Guantanamo Fantasy
Thomas Joscelyn says that during a press
conference on December 22, Obama was asked about the difficulties his
administration has encountered in trying to close Guantanamo.
Obviously, we haven’t gotten it closed.
And let me just step back and explain that the reason for wanting to
close Guantanamo was because my number one priority is keeping the
American people safe. One of the most powerful tools we have
to keep the American people safe is not providing al Qaeda and
jihadists recruiting tools for fledgling terrorists.
Guantanamo is probably the number one recruitment tool that is used
by these jihadist organizations. And we see it in the
websites that they put up. We see it in the messages that
Obama and his surrogates have made this argument
before, but they have provided no real evidence that it is true.
In fact, al Qaeda’s top leaders rarely mention Guantanamo in their
messages to the West, Muslims and the world at large.
journalist in attendance had the opportunity to challenge Obama’s
assertion. He should have been asked: "If Guantanamo is such a
valuable recruiting tool, then why do al Qaeda’s leaders rarely mention
The Weekly Standard has reviewed translations of 34 messages
and interviews delivered by top al Qaeda leaders operating in Pakistan
and Afghanistan ("Al Qaeda Central"), including Osama bin Laden and
Ayman al Zawahiri, since January 2009. The translations were
published online by the NEFA Foundation. Guantanamo is mentioned
in only 3 of the 34 messages. The other 31 messages contain no
reference to Guantanamo. And even in the three messages in which
al Qaeda mentions the detention facility it is not a prominent theme.
Instead, al Qaeda’s leaders repeatedly focus on a narrative that has
dominated their propaganda for the better part of two decades.
According to bin Laden, Zawahiri, and other al Qaeda chieftains, there
is a Zionist-Crusader conspiracy against Muslims. Relying on this
deeply paranoid and conspiratorial worldview, al Qaeda routinely calls
upon Muslims to take up arms against Jews and Christians, as well as any
Muslims rulers who refuse to fight this imaginary coalition.
This theme forms the backbone of al Qaeda’s messaging -- not Guantanamo.
says Barack Obama believes that he, not Congress, has final say over
whether and where to move Guantanamo detainees, The New York Times
reports, citing an article at ProPublica. The White House might
assert that authority even as Ibama signs a defense funding bill that
also bars any transfer of Guantanamo prisoners to the United States.
The internal debate is whether to approve the bill but add a signing
statement that objects to the congressional restrictions, which have
complicated Obama's plan to close the Cuba-based facility for holding
captives in the war on terror.
"It remained unclear whether the
administration would actually carry out a detainee transfer despite the
restrictions, or whether it would merely assert, as an abstract matter,
that Mr. Obama had the authority to do so," the Times reports.
As a White House candidate, Obama criticized the Bush administration's
broad view of executive power and its use of signing statements to
nullify laws it didn't agree with. Now, he has used signing
statements and adopted some elements of the Bush White House's view of
The White House also could delay any
confrontation with Congress over detainees by signing the bill and
abiding by the congressional restrictions on transfers until they expire
on Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. Under pressure, the White
House recently shelved plans to bring Guantanamo detainees here for
trial in American courts.
When Bush was president -- there's no standard like a double standard
Obama Gives Up On Gitmo
is reporting that Barack Obama, in a setback to his promise to close
the Guantanamo Bay terror prison, reluctantly signed a bill on Friday
barring suspects held at Camp Delta, from being brought to the United
States for trial.
Obama, admitting defeat, said he was left with
no choice but to sign the defense authorization act for fiscal 2011.
"Despite my strong objection to these
provisions, which my administration has consistently opposed, I have
signed this act because of the importance of authorizing
appropriations for, among other things, our military activities in
2011," Obama said in a statement.
The Los Angeles Times has
a chronology of Obama's Gitmo promises and subsequent failures:
Aug. 2, 2007: Sen. Barack Obama makes a simple promise he will
often repeat to loud domestic -- and foreign -- applause during his $750
million presidential campaign:
"As President, I will close Guantanamo, reject
the Military Commissions Act and adhere to the Geneva Conventions.
Our Constitution and our Uniform Code of Military Justice provide a
framework for dealing with the terrorists."
Jan. 22, 2009: With an official flourish, and
a platoon of retired generals for a living backdrop, Obama, as one of
his very first official Oval Office acts, signed an executive order to
close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility within one year:
This is me following through on not just a
commitment I made during the campaign, but I think an understanding
that dates back to our founding fathers, that we are willing to
observe core standards of conduct, not just when it's easy, but also
when it's hard.
Dec. 16, 2009: Obama signs a presidential
memorandum ordering Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Defense secretary Robert
Gates to acquire the state prison in Thompson, Illinois as the $350
million replacement for Guantanamo.
Jan. 22, 2010: The one
year promise anniversary. No closing. No ceremony.
May 19, 2010: The House Armed Services Committee, controlled by
members of Obama's own Democratic party, absolutely prohibits any
opening of a Guantanamo detention replacement facility within these
United States. To underline its ban, the powerful committee erupts
in an unusual display of bipartisanship. The prohibition vote is
June 25, 2010: In a Friday bad news dump
guaranteed to attract minimal mid-summer attention, the N.Y. Times
announced and excused the broken Obama promise by blaming political
opposition from unnamed parties.
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for terror suspects
Obama signed the bill because
everyone said -- "Are you crazy" -- "Not in my State" -- "You're gonna pay
for this how?"
Bottom line -- another Obama failure. And,
in this case, thank God.
Mark my words. Obama will get
payback for this defeat by releasing more, and more of the Gitmo murderers
back to their homelands, where they will rejoin the jihad. He will
take care of the brothers.
Mugged By The Reality Of Gitmo
Thomas Joscelyn says just two days after his
inauguration, Obama signed an executive order calling for the closing of
Guantanamo Bay detention facility within one year. Nearly two years
later, it remains open.
Why did the administration fail to meet
The truth is that Obama's order was driven by
ideology, not reality. His left-wing base insisted that Guantanamo be
shuttered. But he and his staff knew little about the facility.
It took a full year for a task force to review the government files on
each detainee. And it turned out not one was an innocent goat herder.
The Bush administration tried for years to shutter the detention
camp, but ran into significant problems like Yemen. More than 40 percent
of approximately 240 detainees Obama inherited were Yemeni.
Bush administration determined it too dangerous to transfer them home. The duplicitous Yemeni government regularly cuts deals with jihadist
Worse, Yemen, the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, is
current home to the most dangerous al Qaeda affiliate outside of South
Asia: al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, aka AQAP.
the Obama administration initially planned to transfer most of the
Yemenis to their homeland. That was not realistic.
Gitmo Grad Establishes Islamic Emirate In
reporting Libya’s deputy foreign minister told E.U. ambassadors in
Tripoli al-Qaeda has set up an Islamic emirate in Derna, in eastern
Libya, headed by a former U.S. prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.
"Al-Qaeda has established an emirate in Derna led by Abdelkarim al-Hasadi,
a former Guantanamo detainee," Khaled Khaim said.
"They have an
FM radio station and have begun to impose the burqa" (head-to-toe
covering for women) and have "executed people who refuse to cooperate
Khaim said Hasadi has a lieutenant, "also a member of
al-Qaeda and named Kheirallah Baraassi" in al-Baida.
Derna is the
capital of a province by the same name in the region of Cyrenaica, some
1,250 kilometers (775 miles) east of Libya's capital Tripoli. Al-Baida
lies about 100 kilometers west of Derna.
Earlier, Italian Foreign
Minister Francesco Franco Frattini said embattled Libyan leader Gaddafi
had lost control of Cyrenaica and shared reports that an Islamic emirate
had been declared there. Speaking at a meeting in Rome organized
by the Community of Sant'Egidio, a Christian organization, Frattini said
here had been recent proclamations in Cyrenaica that it was now an
Islamic emirate and calls to break with the West.
"It is a
worrying development if radical Islam is only a few hundred kilometers
away from the European Union's front door, but nothing can justify the
violent death of hundreds of innocent civilians," he added.
Gitmo Terror Trials To Resume
The day Obama usurped the Oval Office, he
halted Guantanamo war crimes trials. Now, two years later, he
admitted he screwed up (again).
Yesterday, Fox News
reported the Gitmo terror trials will resume.
Obama announced military trials will resume for
detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, a move that won praise
from Republicans, who say Obama has finally "seen the light" on the
value of trying such detainees at the facility.
he wants to "broaden our ability to bring terrorists to justice,"
issued an executive order outlining the changes Monday afternoon, as
Defense Secretary Robert Gates rescinded a January 2009 ban against
bringing new charges against terror suspects in the military
"I strongly believe that the American system of
justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against Al Qaeda and
its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our
justice system -- including Article III courts -- to ensure that our
security and our values are strengthened," Obama said in a written
statement. Article III courts are civilian federal courts.
Rep. Peter King, the Republican chairman of the House Committee
on Homeland Security, praised the move as "clearly another step in
the right direction."
"The bottom line is that it affirms the
Bush administration policy that our government has the right to
detain dangerous terrorists until the cessation of hostilities,"
And House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar
Smith, R-Texas, said Obama is affirming Republicans' belief that
terrorists should be treated as enemy combatants rather than
"Though it took more than two years, I
am pleased that the Obama administration has finally seen the light
on military commission trials," Smith said.
Naturally, the decision sparked immediate criticism
from the ACLU.