Barack Obama has been pretty open about his intent to make good on his campaign promise to close the prison, uh, detention center at Guantanamo Bay on the island of Cuba. This, of course, is the place where the American government has been keeping the most devious and vile of the Islamic terrorists and terror masterminds for the safety and security of the whole world.
So, in order to actually close the dreaded Gitmo facility, we have to have a place to put all those people who are plotting to kill us. Of late, Obama and company have been scouting out possible locations in the lower 48 to put these people (only one is really suitable, and it’s close to full already), and completely freaking out the sheriffs and other assorted local officials at the thought of bona fide Islamic terrorists being dropped in their jurisdictions.
Well…. As it happens, Attorney General Loretta Lynch appeared before a congressional committee on Tuesday, and had a momentary lapse resulting in blunt honesty.
But Lynch, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, was pressed by Rep.Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) about whether the president has the authority to transfer “some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists” to the U.S.
“The law currently does not allow for that,” Lynch replied. “And that is not, as I am aware of, going to be contemplated given the legal proscriptions.”
Whoops. So, Obama wants to store the terrorists here and “the law currently does not allow for that.” Uh-oh. A member of Obama’s team had a moment of clarity, so, naturally, a spokesperson had to correct the record to the Los Angeles Times.
“The Attorney General is aware that the administration is working diligently to finalize the plan to safely and responsibly close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, which will be delivered to Congress when complete,” Newman said. “Given the White House focus on this, her comments were intended to prevent speculation on outcomes of that process.”
So, trying to interpret the pontificating bull$#@! here, it sounds like the Obama White House knows that “the law currently does not allow for” bringing a hundred or so of the world’s most dangerous terrorists into the country, and will need Congress to pass legislation to fix that little problem.
Yeah. Given who’s in control of Congress, the better bet is that an executive order is in the offing.
As it is, there is an ongoing debate on whether or not Congress’ ban or prohibition on Obama moving any of the terrorists to the mainland is a violation of executive privileges. How this one plays out inside the law will be interesting to say the least.
H/T – Katie Pavlich