Obama Planning US Trials for Gitmo Detainees

Obama wants to bring some of the worst terrorists this world has ever known to the United States to face trial. This is one of most ignorant, riskiest ideas anyone has ever come up with and it will be prove to be one of the most dangerous parts of Obama’s presidency. Obama seems to be more concerned about the treatment of these terrorists, many of whom are still in Gitmo because they are so dangerous their own countries don’t want them back, than he does about the safety of the American people. And let’s not forget the safety of the CIA agents and other US agents who were involved in capturing and interrogating these terrorists. They may be forced to appear in court, blowing their cover completely, and putting them at grave risk. This would make the Plame affair seem like a game of tiddlywinks. From the Orange County Register.

President-elect Obama’s advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to face criminal trials, a plan that would make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but could require creation of a controversial new system of justice.

During his campaign, Obama described Guantanamo as a “sad chapter in American history” and has said generally that the U.S. legal system is equipped to handle the detainees. But he has offered few details on what he planned to do once the facility is closed.

Under plans being put together in Obama’s camp, some detainees would be released and many others would be prosecuted in U.S. criminal courts…

According to three advisers participating in the process, Obama is expected to propose a new court system, appointing a committee to decide how such a court would operate. Some detainees likely would be returned to the countries where they were first captured for further detention or rehabilitation. The rest could probably be prosecuted in U.S. criminal courts, one adviser said. All spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing talks, which have been private.

Whatever form it takes, Tribe said he expects Obama to move quickly.

“In reality and symbolically, the idea that we have people in legal black holes is an extremely serious black mark,” Tribe said. “It has to be dealt with.”

So what if it’s a black mark. Who cares about the symbolism. We’re safe from lunatics who want to kill as many Americans as they can and destroy our country, but Obama has decided to make our war on terrorism a criminal prosecution project. That’s what Bill Clinton did and we know how well that worked out. Barack Obama has chosen his path: weaken our country and put the American people at risk for the sake of appeasing others.

Although al Qaeda is essentially impotent, thanks to President Bush, they will begin to fight back. They’re already threatening to hit us harder than 9/11. With Obama at the helm, they’ll probably find that their regrouping efforts will be a much easier process than they originally thought.

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