February 23, 2016

UPDATE: President Obama To Propose Secretary Clinton’s Guantanamo Terrorist Transfer Plan

UPDATE: Tonight, Secretary Clinton released a statement supporting President Obama’s plan “… to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and finally close the door on this chapter of our history …”:

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In her statement, Clinton claimed to have implemented “all appropriate monitoring and security” as Secretary of State for the release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. However, at least two detainees released during Secretary Clinton’s tenure have returned to terrorism. Additionally, The Associated Press reported today that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee was arrested in Spain as part of a “jihadi cell that sought to recruit fighters for the Islamic State Group”:

One of those detained in Ceuta was the former Guantanamo detainee who was not named by Spanish authorities but described as “a leader who was trained in handling weapons, explosives and in military tactics.” After being captured in 2002 and held in Guantanamo, he was returned to Spain in 2004, said Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz.

The news came the same day the President released his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility this morning, finally fulfilling the plans for closure Secretary Hillary Clinton first laid out as secretary of state.

Just before she stepped down in January 2013, Secretary Clinton sent President Obama a memo expressing her continued “strong” support for closing Guantanamo Bay:

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In her memo, Secretary Clinton bemoans the “congressionally imposed barriers” preventing the closure of Guantanamo Bay and condemns the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which “bars the transfer of detainees into the United States for any purpose,” because it “renews and adds to these challenges”:

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Secretary Clinton then suggests that instead of abiding by the law, President Obama should try to find a way around it and “consider transfers to the United States for pre-trial detention, trial and sentences”:

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However, as the issue of bringing terrorists to U.S. soil has greatly concerned voters in early primary and caucus states South Carolina and Colorado, Secretary Clinton has repeatedly dodged those voters’ questions on the issue:

As the Obama administration gets closer to enacting Secretary Clinton’s plan for closing the Guantanamo Bay facility and bringing some of its most dangerous terrorists to the U.S., it is no wonder that Secretary Clinton has avoided discussing her plan altogether.