Gitmo prisoner releases put us at risk

By December 2, 2014January 5th, 2015Military, Terrorism

In the face of the national security crisis presented by the Islamic State and its many dangerous affiliates, President Obama is silently releasing terrorist prisoners from Gitmo. 

Obama is hoping that with his recent unilateral action granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, no one will notice. But given the ongoing beheadings of Western civilians, and other terrorist-inflicted killings, Americans would be wise to pay close attention. 

To date, 13 prisoners have been released from the Guantanamo Bay prison so far this year — seven in just the past two weeks. Officials say many more prisoners will be released in coming weeks. As many as 73 prisoners have been “cleared” for release, despite opposition from members of Congress and Obama’s top military advisers, including outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. 

“These latest detainee transfers show that President Obama is putting a misguided campaign promise over the lives of our troops. All transfers from Guantanamo should stop until released detainees quit rejoining the fight,” Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine told the Herald in a statement. 

“The president’s own director of national intelligence publicly stated that at least 30 percent of former Gitmo detainees re-engaged in terrorism post-release. It’s immoral to make our troops fight the same enemy twice,” Bridenstine said. 

Bridenstine singled out the president’s decision to transfer three detainees to the nation of Georgia as “particularly irresponsible.” 

“The government of Georgia is not stabilized and not ready to guard dangerous terrorists,” he said. “Last month, Georgia’s defense minister was fired and its foreign minister quit. That government is not prepared to take on any more challenges.” 

Obama is obviously trying to fast-track Gitmo’s closure before the GOP takes over the Senate in January and makes that more difficult. 

Now is the wrong time to be shuttering Gitmo and releasing any terrorist prisoners. Why empower Islamic State with more terrorists hell-bent on killing Americans? It just doesn’t make any sense, militarily or otherwise. 

And it’s potentially tragic for the next American or Western civilian who is captured and taken hostage by the Islamic State or one of its affiliates. 

Bottom line: Congress must act immediately and block any additional Gitmo releases while we’re at war with ISIS. American lives and the safety of our troops are far more important than protecting Obama’s so-called “legacy.” 

Adriana Cohen is a columnist and talk show host for the Boston Herald. Visit or follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. 

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