Friday, August 19, 2016

Obama's release of Gitmo terrorists endangers Americans

On June 8, 2016, the Washington Post, via Adam Goldman and Missy Ryan,reported the following:
The Obama administration believes that at least 12 detainees released from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have launched attacks against U.S. or allied forces in Afghanistan, killing about a half-dozen Americans, according to current and former U.S. officials.
In March, a senior Pentagon official made a startling admission to lawmakers when he acknowledged that former Guantanamo inmates were responsible for the deaths of Americans overseas.
The official, Paul Lewis, who oversees Guantanamo issues at the Defense Department, provided no details, and the Obama administration has since declined to elaborate publicly on his statement because the intelligence behind it is classified.
Obama had no problem with Hillary using a private email server for classified documents, which even the FBI's Director Comey admitted was subject to hacking by foreign governments, but evidently telling us the truth about the number of detainees who went back to the life of jihad and terrorism is now classified.
Given these facts, why would Obama release 15 more Gitmo terrorist-detainees during the week of August 15, 2016?  If even one of these 15 returns to his life of jihad, that is one too many.
On March 24, 2016, Susan Crabtree of the Washington Examiner reported that Obama claims that less than 5% of Gitmo releases since January 2009 have "re-engaged" in terrorism.  The Obama administration has sometimes tried to justify its release program by saying George Bush released over 500 detainees and about 118 re-engaged in terrorism.  According to Human Rights Fact Sheet, dated August 2016, Obama released 177 of the 242 detainees held at Gitmo on January 2009.
Five percent of 177 is 9, yet the Pentagon official Lewis said that at least 12 detainees are responsible for killing 6 Americans.
Instead of viewing the Bush release program as evidence that it is a failure and that no detainees should be released, Obama seems to believe that if Bush made a mistake, then it is okay for him to make the same mistake.
It is undisputed that some of the terrorists, or detainees (the politically correct term), have in the words of Obama "re-engaged" in their lives of terrorism.  It is further undisputed that these re-engaged terrorists have killed Americans, and most likely have killed Muslims who oppose them.
From a national security standpoint, to protect Americans, there is no logical reason to release these terrorists who endanger American lives.
This indifference to American lives and national security is part of the Obama-Hillary pattern.  They ignored the requests for additional security at Benghazi; they did nothing to help the Americans at Benghazi during the attack, but instead lied that it was caused by a film; they downplayed the threat of ISIS by referring to it as the J.V. team; they referred to terrorist attacks as workplace violence; they said terrorism is not an existential threat and, worse, that we can "absorb" the attacks; and they refused to call it radical Muslim terrorism.  They did not enforce the border, allowing sanctuary cities, which resulted in illegal aliens killing Americans such as Kate Steinle.  And Hillary, with Obama's knowledge, used a private email server that has most likely been hacked by foreign governments.
During the 1988 campaign, Lee Atwater used the Dukakis furlough of Willie Horton to great advantage to help Bush win.  Al Gore first used the Horton furlough during the primaries against Dukakis.  While not exactly the same, Trump should use against Hillary the release of Gitmo terrorists who have killed Americans.  Hillary will not repudiate the Obama policy, and it should be used in ads and in the debates.


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