While most of the country is focused in on Hilary Clinton’s email scandal and Donal Trump’s audacious comments, our President is resuming his plan to shut down Guantanamo Bay.
Like the majority of issues that surrounded his 2008 campaign platform, this particular plan for “change” hasn’t sat well with the American people. Since President Obama’s first term in the oval office, he has been persistent in his plan to shut down Gitmo, even while Congress has stopped him at every opportunity. But has Congress’s opposition stopped our resilient Commander-in-Chief from pushing his own agenda? It doesn’t seem so.
Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, Guantanamo Bay has been home to some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists. Most of the prisoners held at Guantanamo were either directly apart of the September 11 attacks, or have otherwise been linked to the continuous effort of killing American citizens. Nearly 1/3 of all released prisoners from Guantanamo Bay have returned to fight for the jihadi cause. This military-operated prison was created and enforced as a way to punish the very people who sought to destroy America. It was also an opportunity that our military had to expedite their learning of al-Qaida through these captured extremists.
Personally, I am dumbfounded at the new revelation that 655 of the 780 detainees at Guantanamo Bay have either been released or transferred to another country for incarceration. Several news outlets are attributing this process to the fact that President Obama is still making preparations for the Gitmo shutdown–regardless of the fact that Congress has not given his plan the green light. Not only has Congress repeatedly said “no” to this proposal, but 2/3 of all Americans also oppose this idea.
Surprisingly, the most outrageous part of this plan isn’t the actual closure of Guantanamo, but rather the plan to transfer these terrorists to prisons within the United States. Our country already has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with about 2.2 million of our own citizens residing in local and federal penitentiaries. Add on the billions of dollars that it takes to keep our prisons running and the lack of rehabilitation services offered to the inmates after they are set free, and it’s not a surprise that 2/3 of all prisoners will be rearrested within 3 years of their release. Half of those who are re-arrested will return to prison, and will most likely serve a longer sentence than they had previously.
So, let’s think this through. With a system that is already over-crowded, over-funded, neglected, and full of horrific behavior such as rape and murder, we are going to add some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists to that mix. Not only that, but on the crazy chance that one of these prisoners either escapes or is exonerated and set free, we will be releasing that prisoner onto U.S. soil!
Call me crazy, but this just doesn’t make any sense to me. Al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists groups like ISIS have terrorized our nation for over a decade. They are responsible for taking thousands of our soldiers’ lives, and caused the deaths of 2,977 victims on 9/11. They have threatened our freedom, and spared no expense in the war against our nation. These extremists hold the ideology that, in destroying America, they are bringing great honor to themselves, their nation, and their families.
Anyone with access to a television or computer knows all of this information, so why does our President think that its a good idea to hold these prisoners in the very country that they have sworn their allegiance against? The families of our fallen soldiers and victims of 9/11 live here. They go about their daily lives holding on to the hope that their husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, moms, and dads haven’t died in vain. Even still, President Obama sits in the oval office, advocating that we share our home soil with these murderers.
Is this how we are going to honor the legacy of our fallen heroes?
This issue hasn’t received much media attention, probably due to the fact that many people don’t think that this agenda will see the light of day. However, the very fact that only 142 prisoners remain at Gitmo is cause for concern. With 73 of those prisoners already cleared for release, is our nation looking at a future of terrorists residing within our borders?
For the sake of our nation’s safety, I sure hope not.