Dec 10, 2015

The President’s Dangerous Guantanamo Policy Puts America at Risk

Despite continued Congressional opposition to the closure of Guantanamo Bay, President Obama keeps trying to move dangerous terrorists either to America or to foreign countries that can’t properly monitor them.

President Obama already signed a bill into law blocking him from moving any Guantanamo detainees to the United States, but that isn’t stopping him from trying to ship more and more dangerous detainees back to the Middle East.

The problem is we can’t be sure these now-former detainees won’t rejoin the fight. In fact, we are certain that some already have rejoined the fight.

Senior al-Qaeda leader Ibrahim al-Qosi was transferred from Guantanamo in 2012. Yet he has not only joined al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), but also became one of its leaders and appeared in one of AQAP’s new videos.

He is not the first. At least three of the terrorists in the Taliban Five released last year have allegedly tried to join their old terrorist organizations. As a House Armed Services Committee report released yesterday determined, these detainees were labeled by the President’s own Executive Order Task Force as “too dangerous to transfer.” On top of that, the report determined the Administration clearly broke the law in the transfer by not notifying Congress.

Earlier this year, a report by the director of national intelligence found that nearly 30 percent of those released from Guantanamo are either confirmed or suspected of reengaging with terrorism.

So the question is, at a time when terrorism is on the rise, when terrorists are increasingly successful at targeting free citizens in western societies, and when the American people are feeling increasingly unsafe and underwhelmed by the President’s reaction, how does it make any sense to release terrorists abroad, allowing them to join terrorist organizations and continue their murderous attacks on innocent people?

The President’s Guantanamo policies are dangerous. Moving detainees to the United States puts Americans at risk. Moving them abroad allows terrorist groups like al-Qaeda to refill their ranks. The best place for Guantanamo detainees is in Guantanamo.