- August 16, 2016 -

CLINTON-OBAMA GITMO POLICIES HURT AMERICA’S NATIONAL SECURITY

The Clinton-Obama Plan To Close Gitmo And Release Terrorists Will Harm America’s National Security

On Monday President Obama Transferred 15 More Prisoners From Guantanamo Bay:

On Monday President Obama Transferred 15 Prisoners From Guantanamo Bay To The United Arab Emirates. “The largest single transfer of Guantánamo Bay detainees of Barack Obama’s presidency occurred on Monday, as 15 long-held men departed the infamous detention center. … All 15 detainees were said to be on their way to the same country, believed to be the United Arab Emirates, which has accepted former Guantánamo detainees in the past.” (Spencer Ackerman, “US Transfers 15 Guantánamo Detainees In Largest Single Release Under Obama,” The Guardian, 8/15/16)

This Was “The Largest Single Transfer Of Guantánamo Bay Detainees Of Barack Obama’s Presidency.” “The largest single transfer of Guantánamo Bay detainees of Barack Obama’s presidency occurred on Monday, as 15 long-held men departed the infamous detention center.” (Spencer Ackerman, “US Transfers 15 Guantánamo Detainees In Largest Single Release Under Obama,” The Guardian, 8/15/16)

Clinton Supports Closing Down Gitmo And Moving Prisoners To The United States To Stand Trial:

In An August 2010 White House Meeting, Clinton Chastised White House Aides, Saying “We Are Throwing The President’s Commitment To Close Guantánamo Into The Trash Bin. … We Are Doing Him A Disservice By Not Working Harder On This.” “One of those occasions was at a White House meeting of Obama’s national-security principals in August 2010. ‘We are throwing the president’s commitment to close Guantánamo into the trash bin,’ she chastised White House aides, according to three participants in the meeting. ‘We are doing him a disservice by not working harder on this.’” (Daniel Klaidman, “How Gitmo Imprisoned Obama,” Newsweek, 5/15/13)

In A January 2013 Memo To Obama, Clinton Said “She Worried That Support For Closing Guantanamo Would Further Erode Unless The Administration Took Action.” “Weeks before she stepped down as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton wrote a memo urging President Barack Obama to step up his administration’s efforts to close the military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay in his second term. In the confidential January 2013 memo obtained by The Huffington Post, Clinton told Obama she worried that support for closing Guantanamo would further erode unless the administration took action.” (Ryan J. Reilly, “We Obtained Hillary Clinton’s Confidential Memo To Obama. Read It Here.,” The Huffington Post, 11/29/15)

Clinton Outlined Three Strategies To Help Implement The Closure—Appoint A White House Official To Lead All Efforts, Engagement With Lawmakers Who Wanted To Keep Gitmo Open And Dissuade Them From Enacting New Restrictions, And To Develop A Long Term Plan For Yemeni Detainees. “Clinton outlined three strategies for the president to help revitalize the closure effort. First, she said, he should designate a senior White House official for the subject who could lead all efforts across the administration. She also encouraged the president to engage Congress and said he should appeal to members who want the prison to remain open by arguing that ‘tying the Executive’s hands on detention policy has negative national security implications beyond GTMO.’ Finally, she wrote, the president had to come up with a long-term plan for Yemeni detainees, who constituted more than half of the prison’s 166-person population of detainees at the time (there are now 107 detainees there). Clinton said that Mr. Obama both needed to improve Yemen’s capacity to receive detainees who were transferred out of Guantanamo and conduct periodic reviews of the Yemenis detained in the prison.” (Rebecca Kaplan, “Hillary Clinton Urged Obama To Close Guantanamo Bay,” CBS News, 11/30/15)

Clinton Told Obama She Remained “A Strong Advocate” Of His Policy To Close Guantanamo Bay Prison. “I remain a strong advocate of your policy to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility (GTMO) responsibility and to ensure U.S. detention policy and practice for terrorism suspects are consist with U.S. values and do not strengthen our enemies.” (Hillary Clinton, Memo To Barack Obama, 1/15/13, p. 1, Accessed 11/30/15)

Clinton Pointed Out That “Congressionally Imposed Barriers” Were Preventing Them From “Implementing Our GTMO Closure Policy.” “Unfortunately, congressionally imposed barriers to implementing our GTMO closure policy are undermining some of the support these orders helped us earn from the public and our allies. If we do not make advances in closing GTMO, that support will erode further.” (Hillary Clinton, Memo To Barack Obama, 1/15/13, p. 1, Accessed 11/30/15)

In The Memo, Clinton “Advocated For Moving Guantanamo Detainees From The Cuban Prison Into The United States So They Could Face Trial.” “She also advocated for moving Guantanamo detainees from the Cuban prison into the United States so they could face trial.” (Rebecca Kaplan, “Hillary Clinton Urged Obama To Close Guantanamo Bay,” CBS News, 11/30/15)

Clinton: “If The Law Permits, I Recommend That You Consider Transfers To The United States For Pre-Trial Detention, Trial, And Sentences.” “I recommend that, in a coordinated legislative strategy, you direct efforts to prevent Congress from reenacting the current restriction in FY 2014. … (If the law permits, I recommend that you consider transfers to the United States for pre-trial detention, trial, and sentences.).” (Hillary Clinton, Memo To Barack Obama, 1/15/13, p. 2, Accessed 11/30/15)

Clinton: “Federal Courts Are Time-Tested And Credible To Our Allies.” (Hillary Clinton, Memo To Barack Obama, 1/15/13, p. 2, Accessed 11/30/15)

Obama’s Director Of National Intelligence Says Nearly 200 Former Gitmo Prisoners Are Either Confirmed Or Suspected Of Retuning To Terror:

The Weekly Standard Headline: “Obama Releases Dangerous Jihadists-Then Misleads Country About It” (Stephen F. Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn, “Obama Releases Dangerous Jihadists-Then Misleads Country About It,” The Weekly Standard, 12/14/15)

According To A Report By Obama’s Director Of National Intelligence, “196 Former Detainees Are Either Confirmed (117) Or Suspected (79) Of Returning To The Fight.” “A handful? Obama is woefully ill-informed or he’s being dishonest. According to the most recent report on Guantanamo recidivism, prepared in September 2015 by James Clapper’s office, Obama’s own Director of National Intelligence, 196 former detainees are either confirmed (117) or suspected (79) of returning to the fight. That’s a recidivism rate of more than 30 percent. Intelligence officials tell THE WEEKLY STANDARD that those numbers are almost certainly low, as they do not include jihadists the United States and its allies are no longer tracking.” (Stephen F. Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn, “Obama Releases Dangerous Jihadists-Then Misleads Country About It,” The Weekly Standard, 12/14/15)

  • “That’s A Recidivism Rate Of More Than 30 Percent.” (Stephen F. Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn, “Obama Releases Dangerous Jihadists-Then Misleads Country About It,” The Weekly Standard, 12/14/15)

Released Guantanamo Prisoners “Return To The Fight With Elevated Status And Often Assume Leadership Roles In The Groups Determined To Attack The U.S. And Its Interests.” “Obama continued, describing the process officials use to determine whether a detainee can be released or transferred. ‘The judgment that we’re continually making is: Are there individuals who are significantly more dangerous than the people who are already out there who are fighting? What do they add? Do they have special skills? Do they have special knowledge that ends up making significant threat to the United States?’ It’s an odd set of criteria for evaluating threats unless your main objective is emptying the detention facility. These are standards set up to allow the administration to claim that the knowledge base and skill sets of Guantanamo detainees are outdated. But former Guantanamo detainees return to the fight with elevated status and often assume leadership roles in the groups determined to attack the U.S. and its interests. Just like Ibrahim al Qosi.” (Stephen F. Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn, “Obama Releases Dangerous Jihadists-Then Misleads Country About It,” The Weekly Standard, 12/14/15)