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Clinton/Obama’s Gitmo Plan Doesn’t State Where Remaining Terrorists Will Be Sent

- March 4, 2016

Clinton Supports Obama's February 2016 Plan To Close Guantanamo Bay Prison And Bring The Detainees To The United States. "Hillary Clinton is supporting President Obama's plan for closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, saying the move would 'be a sign of strength and resolve.' 'I support President Obama's plan today to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and finally close the door on this chapter of our history,' she said in a Tuesday statement. 'Over the years, Guantanamo has inspired more terrorists than it has imprisoned. It has not strengthened our national security; it has damaged it.' …The Obama administration's plan would move detainees eligible for transfer to other countries. Other detainees would face prosecution. But the plans also call for moving between 30 to 60 detainees not eligible for those options to the United States." (Ben Kamisar, "Clinton Backs Obama's Gitmo Plan," The Hill, 2/23/16)

  • The Hill Headline: "Clinton Backs Obama's Gitmo Plan" (Ben Kamisar, "Clinton Backs Obama's Gitmo Plan," The Hill, 2/23/16)

The Current Plan Lacks Details Where These Dangerous Detainees Should Be Sent

"These Detainees Are Considered Too Dangerous To Release At All. They're Known As 'Unreleasables.'" "Labeled as 'enemy combatants,' they've been held for more than a decade without trial in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at a camp President Obama has promised to close. Unlike the 52 other captives at Guantanamo whose release can occur as soon as a country is found to take them, these detainees are considered too dangerous to release at all. They're known as 'unreleasables.'" (David Welna, "Kansas, South Carolina Take NIMBY Stance On Guantanamo Prisoners," NPR, 8/26/15)

Following Official Submittal Of His Plan To Close Gitmo To Congress, Obama Administration Withholds Specific Locations It Is Considering For Detainee Transfers. "The Obama administration withheld from Congress the names of 10 potential mainland U.S. sites to house detainees now at the Guantanamo Bay prison out of concern that the disclosure would exacerbate political disputes over closing the facility in Cuba. The administration said this week that it had compiled a list of 13 potential replacements for the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, set up to hold suspected terrorists after the September 11 attacks, if lawmakers agreed to shut it. But with the exception of three sites the Pentagon already acknowledged inspecting -- military bases in South Carolina and Kansas and a federal "supermax" prison in Colorado -- the White House refused to identify the locations publicly or in a report sent to Congress. Instead, the official said, the administration hopes preliminary estimates of how much an alternative mainland prison will cost can spur a dialogue with Congress over closing Guantanamo. Site selection would come later. The official asked not to be identified discussing internal White House deliberations."(Justin Sink, "Obama Said To Conceal Guantanamo Alternatives To Avert Showdown," Bloomberg, 2/26/16)

Obama's Proposed Plan Lacks Details On "How And Where He Will House Both Current And Future Detainees." "Arizona Senator John McCain… criticized Obama's plan for lacking details on 'how and where he will house both current and future detainees. Rather than identify specific answers to those difficult questions, the president has essentially passed the buck to the Congress,' McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said in a statement." (Justin Sink, "Obama Said To Conceal Guantanamo Alternatives To Avert Showdown," Bloomberg Politics, 2/26/16)

  • Obama's Plan To Transfer Detainees To U.S. Soil Does Not Name 13 Other Sites Being Considered. "The plan considers, but does not name, 13 different locations in the U.S., including seven existing prison facilities in Colorado, South Carolina and Kansas, as well as six other locations at current correctional facilities on state, federal or military sites in several states. It also notes that there could be all new construction on existing military bases. The plan doesn't recommend a preferred site." (Lolita Baldor and Kathleen Hennessey, "Obama: Guantanamo Bay Undermines Security, Must Be Closed," Associated Press, 2/23/16)
  • "Defense Officials Have Been Surveying Sites In South Carolina, Kansas And Colorado As Potential Locations To House Guantanamo Detainees…" "Defense officials have been surveying sites in South Carolina, Kansas and Colorado as potential locations to house Guantanamo detainees who the U.S. government has determined cannot be transferred to their home countries." (Jim Acosta and Kevin Liptak, "WH: Executive Action Possible On Closing Gitmo," CNN , 11/4/15)
  • Federal, State And Military Sites Are Being Considered. (Lolita Baldor and Kathleen Hennessey, "Obama: Guantanamo Bay Undermines Security, Must Be Closed," Associated Press, 2/23/16)

States Being Considered Are Pushing Back Against The Plan

CO Editorial: Keep Gitmo Out Of Our State. "Those who don't want terror suspects moving to Colorado can give thanks to Republican control of the House and Senate. House Speaker Paul Ryan insists he has enough votes in Congress to block Obama's plan and override an anticipated veto. If true, Gitmo may survive to spare our state the role of hosting unwelcome guests. All Colorado members of the U.S. House and Senate should get behind a sensible effort by Ryan to stop the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The president's plan threatens Colorado and other states. The solution to this looming menace could not be more simple. Leave Gitmo alone. Don't disrupt something that works, to replace it with a half-baked scheme Americans overwhelmingly dislike." (Editorial, "Keep Gitmo Detainees Our Of Our State," The Colorado Gazette, 2/28/16)

Captured ISIS Terrorists Will Not Be Transferred To GITMO But It Is Not Clear Whether Or Not They Will Be Transferred To The U.S.

The White House States That Captured ISIS Terrorists Will Not Be Transferred To GITMO But Deflects On Whether They Will Be Brought To The United States. QUESTION: "So you can't say how many or if other additional ISIS fighters have been detained." WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNEST: "Unfortunately I cannot. There may be additional guidance that the Department of Defense can share with you though." QUESTION: "Can you say where long term they are going to be held?" EARNEST: "Well I can rule out a couple of things. These individuals would not be transferred to the prison at Guantanamo Bay. There is no one that has been transferred to that prison during President Obama's seven years in office. Our goal is to close that prison. Adding to that population would be contradictory to our goal. I think what the Department of Defense will tell you is that they will have to make their own determinations about the best way to handle these individual cases. When it came to the case of Umm Sayyaf, the wife of the ISIL leader who was detained in that raid, she was turned over to Kurdish officials and she will be brought to justice in the Kurdish system." QUESTION: "So none of these individuals will be ever come to the United States?" EARNEST: "Again, you will have to check with the Department of Defense." ( White House Press Briefing, 3/2/16)


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