And so it begins.
Richard A. Serrano reports that early Wednesday morning, just as the magnitude of the midterm repudiation of President Obama and his radical policies was beginning to be realized, the Obama regime released a “long-held Al Qaeda suspect from Gitmo.”
That’s right. As soon as Election Day was over, amidst all the happy talk about getting along with each other, ending gridlock and getting things done, they release another suspected terrorist — the first one since the May release of the “five high-level Afghan Taliban detainees exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.”
A month ago Carol E. Lee and Jess Bravin reported that the Obama administration was drafting options that would allow Obama to close the Gitmo terrorist detention facility by overriding the congressional ban on bringing detainees to the U.S. through so-called executive action:
White House officials have concluded Mr. Obama likely has two options for closing Guantanamo ….
He could veto the annual bill setting military policy, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, in which the ban on transferring detainees to the U.S. is written. While the veto wouldn’t directly affect military funding, such a high-stakes confrontation with Congress carries significant political risks.
A second option would be for Mr. Obama to sign the bill while declaring restrictions on the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners an infringement of his powers as commander in chief, as he has done previously. Presidents of both parties have used such signing statements to clarify their understanding of legislative measures or put Congress on notice that they wouldn’t comply with provisions they consider infringements of executive power.
Remember when presidential candidate Obama rejected signing statements?
In the Wall Street Journal article, Lee and Bravin note that such a controversial move would be a “dramatic use of executive power” and would likely “provoke a sharp reaction from lawmakers, who have repeatedly barred the transfer of detainees to the U.S.”:
Unilateral action “would ignite a political firestorm, even if it’s the best resolution for the Guantanamo problem,” said American University law professor Stephen Vladeck. Republicans are sure to oppose it, while Democrats could be split, he said.
According to Lee and Bravin the Obama admin plan is to reduce remaining 149 detainees by half by …read more