November 30, 2015

Hillary Clinton Advocated For U.S. Jury Trials For al-Qaeda Terrorists

Add closing Gitmo to the growing list of bad judgment calls from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State. Everyone knows about her disastrous war in Libya and the failed “reset” with Russia, but with the release of a previously confidential memo on the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, we can see the full extent of how out of touch Clinton was on this issue too. In a 2013 memo to President Obama, then-Secretary Clinton wrote:

We must signal to our old and emerging allies alike that we remain serious about turning the page of GTMO and the practices of the prior decade,” Clinton wrote in the document, using the military abbreviation for the U.S. naval base. “The revitalization of transfers, efforts to prosecute some detainees in federal courts, a longer-term approach to the return of Yemeni detainees, and credible periodic reviews would send the signal and renew a credible detention policy.

Clinton’s views on Guantanamo Bay put her way out of the mainstream. A majority of Americans clearly oppose closing the prison, let alone bringing al-Qaeda terrorists to America. Yet Clinton recommended to President Obama that he “consider transfers to the United States for pre-trial detention, trial, and sentences.”

Clinton needs to respect the citizens of this country who worry that her plan could “destroy” and threaten their towns and communities and drop this disastrous policy.