Congress Balks at Closing Gitmo

by Sal on June 19, 2009

in Politics,War on Terror

In passing the war supplemental to fund the ongoing U.S. presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, Congress also placed serious restrictions that will make it extremely difficult to close Guantanamo Bay.  The new supplemental does not allocate any funds to the closing of Gitmo.  In addition, the bill contains the following new laws:

  • No Guantanamo Bay Prisoner can be released inside the United States
  • No Guantanamo Bay Prisoner can be brought into the United States except for Prosecution, and then only if it can be demonstrated that the individual in question is a low security risk.
  • No Guantanamo Bay Prisoner can be released in/to another country without demonstrating that it will not pose a security risk.

Ed Morrissey also points out that it is highly unlikely that other nations will take Gitmo prisoners if we refuse to release them inside our own country.  While the bill does not make it impossible to close Gitmo, it does make it much more difficult.  It seems  that members of Congress, even Democrats, are looking at the polls and not liking what they are seeing in regards to Gitmo.

Leave a Comment

You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Previous post:

Next post: