One of President Obama’s deeply desired projects is to empty out Gitmo prison because it just irritates him to see dear Muslims locked up and wearing orange.
Or something. Freeing Gitmo jihadists has always been unpopular with the American people as shown in polling.
So Obama has released many of them over the years. And a substantial number, around 30 percent, predictably went back to fighting for Allah.
Yesterday, the fact that some number of Americans have been killed by Obama’s Gitmo graduates came out during a House hearing. But the number is a secret from the American people, even though there’s no national security reason to suppress that figure. It’s another example of Obama’s failures in foreign policy and one that has cost lives, like Benghazi. And the public would then want to know the names of the citizens whose deaths could have been prevented. The White House can’t allow that.
Americans ‘Died Because of’ Released Gitmo Detainees: Pentagon Official, NBC News, March 24, 2016
Americans “have died because of” detainees released from the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, a Defense Department official said Wednesday.
The comments, from special envoy Paul Lewis, came during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, and may provide more fuel for critics of President Obama’s long-anticipated plan to shutter the prison, which he announced last month.
During the hearing, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., asked Lewis how many people had died because of “terrorists who went back to their terrorist activity.”
When Lewis responded that he would prefer to discuss the matter in a “classified setting,” Rohrabacher pressed him, asking if it was “over 10.”
“Sir, what I can tell you is unfortunately there have been Americans that have died because of Gitmo detainees,” Lewis said.
Lewis did not provide additional details.
When Rohrabacher asked “how many people in Brussels or Paris have to die” before the administration decides to keep detainees “under control” at the facility, Lewis responded: “We don’t want anyone to die because we transfer detainees. However, it is the best judgment and the considered judgment of this administration and the previous that the risk of keeping Gitmo open is outweighed, that we should close Gitmo.”
Here’s a video of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher quizzing the administration representative. The relevant discussion begins around 2:56:
Interestingly, the important point about the secrecy was left out in a rather lengthy article from the Associated Press: Officials Say Guantanamo Transfers Have Killed Americans.