Congressman Tom Cotton made the case today on the House floor to keep terrorists at Gitmo:
“I oppose this amendment. I oppose the closure of Guantanamo and the transfer of detainees to the United States. Guantanamo is a state-of-the-art detention facility in which we have invested millions of dollars, in which our troops handle themselves with the utmost professionalism. The detainees there have access to military tribunals and habeas corpus proceedings here in Washington D.C.," said Cotton.
“Who are these detainees? They’re not innocent goat herders swept up by a marauding United States military, of which I was a part, in which I detained numerous potential terrorist. They are people like: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, Mohammed al-Qahtani, one of the would-be participants in 9/11, terrorists who are closely associated with Osama Bin Laden, who have received explosives training, who were recruiters, who are poison experts, who are suicide bombers, or who are commanders of Al-Qaeda training camps.
“I do not think we should bring them to the United States, give them their Miranda warnings, give them an attorney at taxpayer-provided expense and, if acquitted, and not accepted by their home countries, be released back on to the streets of the United States.
“If that is what the advocates of this amendment would like, I suggest they should write their amendment in a fashion that would bring these detainees to their own congressional districts.”
The names of two terrorists currently "remain" on the Newseum's "Memorial Wall," a letter written by the chief executive officer of the Newseum confirms. The letter is addressed to Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and signed by CEO James C. Duff.
At one point in The Company You Keep, Robert Redford’s new film about the residue of the Weather Underground, a character named Sharon Solarz is captured by the FBI after living under a series of aliases since her involvement in a Michigan bank robbery decades earlier in which a security guard was killed. Ruminating in her cell, she describes for a young journalist the moral dilemma people like her faced back then. They could either sit by and watch as America destroyed the innocent peasant culture of Vietnam or take arms against atrocity.
President Barack Obama talked about Gitmo prisoners today and said, "I don't want these individuals to die."
"For a lot of Americans, the notion is out of sight, out of mind," Obama said, after referring to his failed attempt to close the terrorist prison. "It's easy to demagogue the issue. That's what happened the first time this came up. I'm going to go back at it because I think it's important."
CNN’s headline this morning reads, “Boston suspect: It was just us.” The headline links to an article that begins by explaining that the “surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told investigators that his older brother, not any intern
Babies are being named for the recent fighting between the terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Israel, the Israeli media is reporting. At least, babies being born to those affiliated with Hamas.
"Some parents from the Strip have decided to name their newborn babies after operation-affiliated icons – from assassinated Hamas commanders to long-range missiles fired at Israel," reports the Israeli paper Yediot Achronot.
In this week's issue, Jeffrey Dressler explains that the Obama State Department has yet to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, in spite of bipartisan pressure from lawmakers to do so. Led by the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein (D, California), this week they've introduced legislation to list the Haqqanis.