December 10, 2015

Shocking Gitmo Report A New Liability For 2016 Dems

A breaking report that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee and admitted terrorist who was transferred to the Sudan in 2012 turned up in al-Qaeda propaganda materials just two years later:

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a new video featuring a former Guantanamo detainee, Ibrahim Qosi, who is also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani.

In July 2010, Qosi plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support for terrorism before a military commission. His plea was part of a deal in which he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors during his remaining time in US custody. Qosi was transferred to his home country of Sudan two years later, in July 2012.

President Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo and transfer terrorist detainees to the U.S. – and Hillary Clinton’s plan to go even further and order U.S. jury trials for terrorists – has already become a serious liability for Democratic senate candidates.

An America Rising PAC memo released last week rounded up eight senate hopefuls likely to come under fire for the dangerous Obama-Clinton plan:

  • Colorado’s Michael Bennet and Missouri’s Jason Kander – perhaps noting Obama and Clinton’s dismal approval ratings in their states – are both attempting election year flip-flops away from prior support for the Administration’s proposals.
  • Florida’s Patrick Murphy and Illinois’ Tammy Duckworth, both facing liberal primary opponents, doubled down on their Party leaders’ dangerous plan, and Wisconsin’s Russ Feingold is – unbelievably – to their left.
  • Unsurprisingly, candidates that haven’t been forced to actually vote on the issue are keeping their distance. New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan, Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto, Pennsylvania’s Katie McGinty and Ohio’s Ted Strickland have said little if anything.

Now that there’s clear evidence that released detainees have gone straight back to their jihadist ways, vulnerable Democrats are even more imperiled by the Obama-Clinton national security agenda.