Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama Halts Gitmo Military Tribunals

In his first act of office, President Barack Obama has halted 120 military tribunals of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

This is seen as the first step in closing the detention facility.

My number one concern is where will these detainees end up.

Will they be sent back to the Middle East? Probably not because they would most certainly be tortured and we know how much Obama hates for anyone to be tortured.

Will they be sent to Europe? The Europeans never wanted Gitmo detainees and I doubt they would take them regardless of their admiration for Obama.

In other words, they'll be on U.S. soil in federal prisons such as Leavenworth. Which means they'll have access to lawyers and civilian courts. Which means national security will be compromised in open court. Which means these people could be let loose on our streets. If there's a major terrorist attack on our soil and one of these detainees who Obama saw fit to have released is involved then Obama will have hell to pay.

Of course, I hope such a thing never comes to pass. But it would come as no surprise to me if it did.

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