In the same way that Obama jiggered the unemployment formula to bring the number back down under 8% juuuuuust in time for the 2012 election, he’s employing the same sort of destructive (to everyone else) mindset to deliver on an old campaign promise before he leaves office:
If you thought President Obama’s release of five top Taliban commanders in exchange for POW Bowe Bergdahl was bad, wait until you see what his Gitmo parole board plans.
Desperate to empty the Guantanamo Bay prison by the end of his term, Obama quietly is giving “get out of jail free” cards for the flimsiest of excuses.
One al Qaeda suspect captured in Afghanistan is considered reformed because he took up yoga and read a biography of the Dalai Lama. Another is eligible for release because of his “positive attitude.”
And one longtime detainee, a former bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, is now harmless because he’s going to start a “milk and honey farm.”
The Periodic Review Board already helped clear 78 of the remaining 149 prisoners for release, documents show, and has scheduled more hearings for this summer.
Many of these men were dubbed “forever prisoners” because of the threat they posed to the US — with intelligence officials warning that, if free, they would return to the jihad to kill Americans.
Based on past cases, that’s a good bet.
As always with Obama, internal contradiction runs rampant:
In a report on detainee recidivism, Obama’s own director of national intelligence this year documented that 178, or 29 percent, of the 614 prisoners already transferred from the prison have been confirmed to have, or are suspected of having, re-engaged in terrorism.
That means for every three freed from Gitmo, one has rejoined the war against us. Intelligence analysts admit their ability to track all former detainees is limited, so the recidivism rate may, in fact, be much higher.
Here’s at least part of the problem:
In setting up the Periodic Review Board, meanwhile, Obama prohibited members from relying on information that has been obtained as a result of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (in order) to support a determination that continued law of war detention is warranted for a detainee.”
The bias against interrogation evidence potentially opens up the release of some of Gitmo’s hardest cases, including al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah, 2002 Bali bombing mastermind “Hambali,” and Mohammed al-Qahtani, the suspected 20th hijacker of the 9/11 attacks.
But these releases won’t cause the same outcry, because it’s being done in virtual secrecy. Already, more than 600 prisoners have been transferred out of Gitmo with little fanfare. Two hundred of them were sent back to Afghanistan.
Given that Obama seems to think that the very act of capturing people trying to kill American soldiers is tantamount to cruel or degrading treatment, it’s no wonder he’s willing to simply release everyone held at Gitmo for no reason at all. It begs the question of just what kind of President we have, but with the media characteristically silent, no one is asking that question.
The driving motivation for this is, of course, so that Obama can claim he closed Gitmo – one of his first promises upon taking office in 2009 – and erased that (perceived) blemish on American terribleness. Reality, however, will inevitably come to a different conclusion: many of these “reformed” Gitmo parolees will go back to their terrorist ways, abducting, torturing, and killing Americans and others who stand in their way. It’s hard to fathom the kind of self-blindedness that is required for someone to do this, but this is standard procedure for liberals on just about every political issue under the sun.
And it is all the more reason they must not be allowed to control government. Their self-blindedness is not only foolish, but dangerous.
There’s my two cents.