Well, it’s happened again, and it appears no one in the GOP-controlled House and Senate are going to do anything about it. President Obama has once again violated the U.S. Constitution by releasing more unlawful enemy combatants from GITMO.
As reported by Reuters:
The Pentagon plans to transfer about a dozen inmates of the Guantanamo military prison to at least two countries that have agreed to take them, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, the latest move in President Barack Obama’s final push to close the facility.
The first of the transfers are expected in the next few days and the others will take place in coming weeks, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Among them will be Tariq Ba Odah, a Yemeni man who has been on a long-term hunger strike and has lost about half of his body weight.
The most prominent of those to be resettled over the next several weeks is Bah Odah, a 37-year-old Yemeni who has been force-fed by nasal tube since he stopped eating solid food in 2007.
His weight had dropped to 74 pounds from 148 and his legal team feared he could die of starvation, according to an account in a Reuters report at the end of December.
I just have to ask, how much did the United States pay to keep this Islamic jihadist alive while we’re allowing our veterans to die on waiting lists seeking medical care? I don’t apologize, but my level of care and concern about Tariq Ba Odah is just not that high. If he made the decision to stop eating, then that was his personal decision. Just as it was his personal decision to take up arms in the global Islamic jihad. However, I suppose it’s a reflection of our “values” to care for jihadists while our Veterans, who fought to kill or capture those seeking our demise and destruction, receive less than honorable care.
There are now 91 prisoners at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Most have been held without charge or trial for more than a decade, drawing international condemnation.
Obama, who last month presented Congress with a blueprint for closing the prison, is seeking to make good on his long-time pledge before he leaves office in January. But he faces stiff opposition from many Republican lawmakers, as well as some of his fellow Democrats.
The Pentagon has notified Congress of its latest planned transfers from among the 37 detainees already cleared to be sent to their homelands or other countries, the official said. U.S. officials have said they expect to move out all members of that group by this summer.
Obama’s plan for shuttering the facility calls for bringing the several dozen remaining prisoners to maximum-security prison in the United States. But U.S. law bars such transfers to the mainland, and Obama has not ruled out doing so by use of executive action.
There can be no debate that Barack Obama is giving the United States the one finger salute here, as he’s determined to do whatever he desires. He seems less than concerned that we’re still embroiled in a global conflagration against these Islamic terrorists. Releasing them does not prove anything to these savages; it only conveys weakness.
But what really must be considered is why does Barack Obama feel such compassion for these terrorists in GITMO, along with the convicted drug felons he’s releasing? I have to ask, who does Obama value?
As reported by Breitbart.com:
President Obama will commute the sentences of 61 additional drug offenders serving prison time.
The White House announced the president’s decision this morning as well as the news that he plans to meet with former drug offenders who have also had their sentences commuted.
The offenders have been sentenced to prison for attempts to distribute and to possess cocaine, meth, heroin, PCP, and other drugs. Twelve of the commuted sentences were also convicted of firearm related offenses.
Obama commuted the sentences of 68 drug offenders in 2015, making drug sentencing reform a priority for his administration. All told, Obama has commuted the sentences of 248 individuals– more than the previous six presidents combined, according to the White House.
“The power to grant pardons and commutations… embodies the basic belief in our democracy that people deserve a second chance after having made a mistake in their lives that led to a conviction under our laws,” Obama said in his pardon letter.
He also visited non-violent drug offenders in prison in 2015 to call for more sentencing reform.
“That’s what strikes me, there but for the grace of God,” Obama said during the visit, “And that is something that we all have to think about.
I would beg to differ, distributing drugs is a violent crime, as it destroys a life.
I have one question for Barack Obama, where is your concern about young American warriors sitting in prison like U.S. Army 1LT Clint Lorance? I want Barack Obama to explain why it is that the Leavenworth 10 languish in prison? Men like Army Soldier William Hunsaker whose Army Achievement Medal hangs in my home office — and it will until I can return it to him. I value William Hunsaker.
My question to President Obama, what sacrifice has any of these released GITMO detainees and drug felons given for this Country? Your actions speak volumes and why you will always be remembered as someone who never embraced American values. You are releasing enemy combatants and felons while our combat warriors sit in prison — shameful, just freaking unAmerican.