Saturday, September 19, 2009

Bill could block Gitmo closure

C-J If they close Camp X-Ray at Gitmo, where will they put all the people who were supposedly on the planes that crashed into The Towers, The Pentagon and into the fields of Pennsylvania. I wonder if even Obama knows this?

A bill that could go to the Senate floor as early as next week would make it impossible for Barack Obama to move any Guantanamo prisoners to the U.S. for any reason, effectively blocking his plan to close the facility by January. The bar on all such transfers was written into the Senate version of the Defense appropriations bill passed by the Appropriations Committee last week and is stricter than current law, which allows prisoners to be brought to the US for trial as long as Congress is notified 45 days in advance of any potential risks. Law professor Matthew Waxman, who worked on detainee issues at the Defense and State Departments under the Bush Administration said: “The Obama administration can’t close Guantanamo without bringing some detainees to the United States, and Congress's actions show that the political price of doing so will be high.”