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Camp Delta Has Nothing To Do With Islamofascism

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 recited the shahada, the Arabic call to prayer.  According to Islamic scholars, reciting the shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith, makes one a MuslimHe 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?

Obama

Jim Hoft 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 national security.
    
    
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?

Related:  Napolitano says the U.S. is safer now than in 2009

Related:  Don’t Cross Big Sis: Agents Raid Home of Pilot Critical of TSA (Video)
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.  Obama explained:
    

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.

And 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 they're delivering.

    
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.

No 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 it?"

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.

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NewsMax.com 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 executive power.

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
Yahoo News 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 unanimous.

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.

Related:  Obama strongly backs US trials for terror suspects

Related:  Gitmo detainee transferred to Algeria


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 its goal?

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.

The Bush administration determined it too dangerous to transfer them home.  The duplicitous Yemeni government regularly cuts deals with jihadist groups.

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.

Regardless, the Obama administration initially planned to transfer most of the Yemenis to their homeland.  That was not realistic.

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Gitmo Grad Establishes Islamic Emirate In Eastern Libya
Al-Arabiya is 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 with them."

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.

Obama, saying 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 commissions.

"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," King said.

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 criminal defendants.

"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.
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