In November, before Obama’s election, we presented an article calling attention to how obviously naïve and dangerous it was to consider the release or US trial of all prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. On Thursday, President Obama signed an executive order to shut down Guantánamo within a year.
The recklessness of Obama’s apparent plan came home to roost once again. According to the New York Times, another detainee released from Guantánamo, and a Saudi no less, has become a leading operative of Al Qaeda.
We think this a brilliant move. Obama is saying he is strengthening our fight against Al Qaeda. In reality, he supports strengthening Al Qaeda’s ranks by releasing murderers and terrorists to better target America and Israel.
If these men that we bring to trial are found not guilty, shall we release them onto the streets of New York? Or do we export them to our allies in the Middle East?
In response to our first article, radicals and liberals chimed in, referencing the Constitution. Their arguments were weak, but what shocked us was they appeared more concerned with the rights of terrorists that would kill Americans than the safety of fellow Americans. This is truly a sad statement about the liberal thought process.
Of course, our Constitution clearly applies to all US citizens and non-citizens living within US borders. However, at our option, we can deport someone instead of trying them if they are not a citizen. The Constitution even applies to foreigners in some instances with respect to US law, but it does not apply to war criminals. There are separate guidelines for prisoners of war, including the Geneva Conventions.
The reasons due process and the right to a trial are not afforded prisoners of war are simple. It is not possible to follow civilian guidelines in war conditions, and the soldiers are not police or lawyers. Imagine if a man had just shot one of your fellow soldiers dead, but before you could respond, you were required to acquire a warrant for his arrest. Shall we, as liberal judges have stated, allow terrorists to murder Americans and our allies at will and then sue us because we did not give them due process?
In response to Obama’s plan to free Muslim extremists, we present a suggestion for dealing with all potential terrorists going forward. We believe our solution will mitigate the problem quite effectively. We suggest immediate execution of any suspected terrorist within range of the US Military.
If we are humane and capture terrorists, we are much worse off than if we execute them. If we execute a terrorist, he has no rights, but capture him, and the liberals and radical element in the US will embrace him as a brother.
Obama, in his endorsement of providing release or trial to those at Guantánamo, is supporting terrorism, not America. He is valuing the rights of war criminals over those of Americans.