Thursday, January 21, 2010

Will Senator Scott Brown Block GITMO Closure?


One of the things Scott Brown criticized during his recently successful Senate campaign was Obama's decision to give Miranda Rights and Tax-Funded American Lawyers to terrorists. Brown feels terrorists should be held as enemy combatants, including the Christmas Day bomber. And that waterboarding is not torture. Can Brown's election have any effect on these policies? Probably not. The pResident has broad authority to make decisions about terrorist trials, as the Commander in Chief of the armed forces.
On the other hand, there might be a little problem with funding now that Brown has been elected. And it is not just about Brown himself. No Democrat up for reelection is sitting in a "safe" seat. The realization has finally hit home that ignoring constituents has serious consequences. And the majority of Americans disapproves of criminal trials for terrorists or bringing GITMO terrorists to the United States.
Obama’s plan to buy an Illinois state prison for use as a detention facility and site for military trials of some Guantanamo prisoners will require Congress to appropriate $150 million or more. White House officials have also said they want Congress to change current law so that some prisoners could be brought to the U.S. for indefinite detention without trial, if necessary.
Some analysts said that even before Brown’s victory Obama needed the equivalent of a triple-bank-shot to get Congress to agree to such moves. Now, they said, it could be all but impossible.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31758_Page2.html#ixzz0dFyPF7qk
There confusion in the halls of Washington in the wake of Scott Brown's victory. I dare to say that this is an improvement.

16 comments:

Arby said...

The only purpose that I can see for closing Gitmo, transferring the prisoners to a prison in the states, and giving them a trial in the civilian judicial system (beyond fulfilling a campaign promise) is to give the prisoners the best possible chances for acquittal. I believe that if he thought he could get away with it, our president would simply release the prisoners on their own recognizance. Beyond that treasonous reason, it is an extravagant waste of taxpayers’ money to close one perfectly good prison for the purposes of opening another, especially when the prison in question is a long swim from the continental United States. I hope that Congress wakes up and stops this mess before it happens.

Bungalow Bill said...

Let's hope he takes a hard-line stance.

WoFat said...

Imagine: One little senator has thrown all of the democratic majority into a tizzy. Unstable lot, wouldn't you say?

bluepitbull said...

Good to see another who is looking past the healthcare cabal.

Well, one thing is for sure; we can see what civvy trials are doing for the terrorists. Just look at what's going on currently.

None of this would happen if we just shot the bastards and screamed, "It's heading right at us!!!"

Snarky Basterd said...

He has the opportunity to hold up Obama's entire agenda, provided the RINO sisters up in New England don't break ranks.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Scott Brown's win changes every Demolibs view of their own future in Washington. I believe a lot of things are going to be different because they will be wanting to fool the voters before November. We have to keep reminding the voters what these Demolibs have been trying to do to this country.

WomanHonorThyself said...

guess we will have to wait and see hun...............:)

Amusing Bunni said...

I hope Scott throws a wrench in all their plans. That he is tough on terrorists, and an x-military man, who knows the ruled of war, is even better!

Teresa said...

I hope this is true. Obama has been spreading his anti-American policies and now Scott Brown will hopefully bring those policies to a halt. Obama has been putting partisan politics above our safety and we must put a stop to that.

corvedacosta said...

Whatever he does I hope he makes the right decision.

Steven M Nielson said...

Forget Gitmo... forget Healthcare. Brown needs to come out swinging against the proposed $1.9 TRILLION national debt extension, and SO DOES EVERY LIBERTY MINDED INDIVIDUAL. The other battles are all for nothing if we allow them to keep granting themselves a larger spending account.

These issue are not mutually exclusive... Stopping the national debt extension should be EVERYONE'S number one priority now...

Nickie Goomba said...

I pray he's the swing vote to finally put Kerry INTO Gitmo.

TRESTIN MEACHAM said...

Another key thing he can stop is Benankie being confirmed by the Senate. His term expires on the 31st of this month. We need to get on our Senators this week.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

I have more hopes of his stopping the closing of Gitmo than of his standing against some form of government-controlled healthcare (but don't tell anyone. heh).

Jeremy said...

I agree with Steven Nielson and Trestin Meacham. Get our senators back this week and stopping national debt should be top priority!

Former Congressman Joe DioGuardi said it following Brown's victory: “We’ve got a systemic failure of oversight which contributed to the financial crisis and current controversy over bailouts and The country should be grateful to the people who took back their Senate seat.”

Soloman said...

We need to hold Brown accountable. It was in large part our efforts that got him into office, and although he represents Massachusetts, he's certainly a national issue and figure.

I agree with Trestin - he can help stop Bernanke. I also understand what Fuzzy said... he was a yes vote on the health care program Massachusetts has, and he might be willing to work toward some kind of nationalized plan as a member of Congress too.

He had a good voting record in Massachusetts, but we must remember that 80% conservative there is like 50% in most other states. He's got potential to slide down the liberal slope.. but we also must accept some of that movement should it happen, based on where he comes from.

Lastly.. Steven M. Nielson - spot on, sir. The debt ceiling issue can be a huge message from the new kid on the block about what we the people are really angry about.