Democrats Vote to Bring Gitmo Detainees to U.S.
10:40 AM, Oct 8, 2009 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The New York Times adds:
This provision, according to the Times, was attached to the $42.8 billion spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. That bill still has to be voted on, but by burying this provision in the bill the Democrats have done their best to make sure this unnecessary provision gets passed along with necessary funding.
What is truly remarkable about this is that it just last week the House voted 258-163 in favor of a "nonbinding resolution" that made it clear that Congress, and the American people, don't want Gitmo detainees transferred to the U.S. for any reason. Eighty-eight Democrats voted in favor of that resolution. And, in May, the Senate voted 90-6 to forbid the transfer of Gitmo detainees to the U.S.
Disregarding the will of the American people and Congress, Democrats in the House and Senate have decided to allow the Gitmo transfers anyway -- raising all sorts of questions. Will Gitmo detainees convicted in federal courts be jailed in maximum security prisons? Or, does the Obama administration have some other facility in mind?
What about Gitmo detainees who are acquitted in a federal court? According to news accounts of this latest provision, Gitmo detainees cannot be outright released into the U.S. But, what about detainees who stand trial and then are acquitted for whatever reason? It was not too long ago that Senator Harry Reid worried about just such a scenario -- and argued that it precluded Gitmo detainees from being transferred to the U.S. What has changed, other than the fact that the Obama administration's problems in closing the facility have become increasingly embarrassing?