Guantanamo detainees in the US and enhanced interrogation techniques

Two bits of news from President Obama’s intelligence chief and attorney general in the past week. First, the administration is considering releasing some inmates here in the United States. Second, the Obama administration is considering “enhanced interrogation techniques” when questioning terrorists.

terrorist-registryParody turns real. Thousands and thousands of visitors to our site got a real kick out of my suggestion for a National Terrorist Offender Database that I suggested back in January.

The Wall Street Journal reported on March 19 that Attorney General Eric Holder mentioned some detainees may be released into the United States. More recently, Obama’s national intelligence director suggested the same thing.

Yup, we’re going to need one of those databases after all. Here’s the WSJ article written by Evan Perez, and a clip…

European justice ministers met with Mr. Holder earlier this week and pressed for details on how many Guantanamo prisoners the U.S. planned to release domestically, as part of any agreement for allies to accept detainees. Mr. Holder said U.S. officials would work to respond to the questions European officials have over U.S. Guantanamo plans.

For “people who can be released there are a variety of options that we have and among them is the possibility is that we would release them into this country,” Mr. Holder said. “That process is ongoing and we’ve not made any determinations or made any requests of anybody at this point.”

Yes, Europe is pushing the Obama administration since they don’t want to take on the burden alone. And remember, the European Union has a problem they are trying to work out internally. From my previous post…

Here’s the problem European Union countries face; they have no internal borders. Unless they have some sort of special rule for released detainees and hold them in some sort of prison atmosphere, released terrorists will be able to freely roam between 22 countries.

So if Portugal will take some, other countries like Austria would have to accept them by default, and they don’t want to do that.

Here’s the confirmation from Dennis Blair, the United States national intelligence director.

President Barack Obama’s intelligence chief confirmed Thursday that some Guantanamo inmates may be released on US soil and receive assistance to return to society.

“If we are to release them in the United States, we need some sort of assistance for them to start a new life,” said National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair at his first press conference.

“You can’t just put them on the street,” he added. “All that is work in progress.”

That’s right, not only are we going to possibly release some Gitmo detainees into the United States, we’ll end up paying for their education, health care and subsidizing their housing too.

And about that torture stuff…

Next up, Blair – a former Navy admiral – noted the national intelligence team is considering what I have referred to as extreme measures. I also referred to Vince Flynn’s novel (Extreme Measures) when Obama signed the Executive Order to close Camp Delta at some point in the future.

Blair touched on the controversial interrogation techniques used on terror suspects under the administration of president George W. Bush, saying that those methods — including waterboarding, or simulated drowning — would not be used under his tenure.

But Blair, a retired US admiral, added that his team was examining other “enhanced interrogation techniques” for high-value detainees that comply with international conventions on prisoners of war.

He did not elaborate on what methods would be used, but said such interrogations should be carried out by “government employees; they shouldn’t be contractors; they should be highly trained, very supervised.”

Classic. So now we’re going to use the phrase enhanced interrogation techniques instead of the word torture and that will make it all just fine and dandy with those who criticized the Bush administration for their enhanced interrogation techniques?

But of course waterboarding is totally off the table. Where’s the outrage?

Hat tip to Pam at Atlas Shrugs since she picked up on the WSJ piece last Thursday. I’m not quite sure what the rest of us were doing… oh yeah, we were taking a 36 hour hiatus on posting stuff about AIG and ACORN was planning bus tours…

Update: Gateway Pundit has posted. So has LGF. Will this story gain any traction?

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  1. Dimsdale on March 27, 2009 at 2:39 am

    And we seriously used to worry about terrorist cells in this country before this?

    They won't even have to recruit new members anymore.  They can just sit outside the release center and pick them up, all trained and ready for jihad!!

    I just wonder if the Obambi administration will be returning their personal items, you know, the strap on dynamite etc…..

  2. Erik Blazynski on March 27, 2009 at 5:39 am

    you just can't make this stuff up.

  3. Lazybum on March 27, 2009 at 6:14 am

    You guys are missing the subtle brilliance of the methods employed by the BO admin.

    OK- Here goes:

    1-We have held them in comfortable state run housing for years.

    2-We have conditioned them to eat 3 squares a day without working for it.

    3-We ahve given them free cable tv and all other creature comforts

    4-We will release them to gov't housing and gov't provided meals

    5-They are now officially democrat party members

    Why would they do anything productive for the rest of their lives and ruin such a good deal?

  4. PatRiot on March 27, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Seeing as this is a brave new world.  To ease everyone's concerns, let them be placed into Amnesty International's care, at A.I.'s cost until death comes naturally or by a court sentence of execution.  The deal is: 1.   A.I. has to keep American citizens safe from these 'detainees".  2.  A.I. has to keep them safe from American citizen's.  3.  The world court shall hear their case.   No more of the US's time or $$. 

  5. Bill on March 28, 2009 at 11:27 am

    These guys come from places where there's lots of oil. We need oil. Let them help us find it. On December 1st, give them each a Koran and one liter of water, and a pair of sandals to go with the nightshirts they love to wear. Take them to where we think there's oil and let them look for it,

    100 miles southeast of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

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