Democrats have begun to add their voices to the Republicans asking the President to stop the transfer off terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to Yemen, including Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, who said last week,” “Guantanamo detainees should not be released to Yemen at this time. It is too unstable.”
Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., a member of the Homeland Security Committee, said Sunday that officials should review the transfers. She does support plans to close the prison and open one in Illinois for terrorism suspects.”I think it is a bad time to send the 90 or so Yemenis back to Yemen,” Harman said.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent who has opposed closing Guantanamo, said transferring any of the Yemeni detainees back home would be irresponsible. ”We know from past experience that some of them will be back in the fight against us,” Lieberman said.
U.S. officials believe two Saudis released from Guantanamo, one in 2006 and the other in 2007, may have played significant roles in al-Qaida activities in Yemen.
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A delay in sending terrorists to Yemen where they can act as reinforcements to the al Qaeda team already there, would make America more secure, but it would upset the President’s radical progressive power base. That power based takes priority over America’s security, so the White House’s answer to Democrats asking for a delay was NO.
On Fox News Sunday, top White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the administration “absolutely” intends to keep sending Guantanamo prisoners to Yemen. The administration has sent seven detainees to the country, Brennan said, with six of those sent in December. “Several of those detainees were put into Yemeni custody right away,” Brennan said. He did not elaborate on how many is “several” or where the other Guantanamo inmates sent to Yemen might be today. But he said the U.S. has faith in Yemen to handle the situation. “We’ve had close dialogue with the Yemeni government about the expectations that we have as far as what they’re supposed to do when these detainees go back,” Brennan said.
Given that, host Chris Wallace asked, “You are going to consider on a case-by-case basis sending more Yemenis back to Yemen?”
“Absolutely,” said Brennan.
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Brennan explained that, “Of the recent batch that we sent back, about six, many of them are in custody within the Yemeni system right now.” He did not elaborate on the meaning of “many.” “We will decide and determine when, when we should send additional people back,” Brennan continued. “But we’re going to do it in the right way, because Guantanamo should be closed. It was used as a propaganda tool by al-Qaeda, and the president is still committed to it.” The message was clear: Guantanamo inmates are going back to Yemen.
This is our President, refusing to be flexible when flexibility will upset his progressive or Muslim buddies. Once again the security of our families is taking a back seat to Obama’s politics.