Obama guaranteed Gitmo would be closed two years ago

It was his fifth swipe of the pen on Jan. 22, 2009. The executive order required Gitmo be closed no later than one year from the date of the order. As far as I can tell, the EO was never rescinded, rather there was supplements that simply gave up the idea. I often wonder why the left never calls out President Obama on not closing Gitmo when it was such a big part of his election campaign in 2008.

Just as a reminder, Executive Order 13492, signed by the president three years ago yesterday, in part required …

Sec. 3. Closure of Detention Facilities at Guanta´namo. The detention facilities at Guanta´namo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order.  If any individuals covered by this order remain in detention at Guanta´namo  at the time of closure of those detention facilities, they shall be returned  to their home country, released, transferred to a third country, or transferred  to another United States detention facility in a manner consistent with  law and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States.

In March 2011, the Obama administration ended a difficult chapter (per NPR) on Guantanamo for the president.

President Obama’s order to resume military trials at Guantanamo Bay and establish a system to hold some detainees indefinitely ends a difficult chapter in the story of the U.S. prison and the Obama White House.

Obama came into office two years ago promising to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year. The executive order he announced Monday serves as acknowledgment that it will remain open for some time.

The order lends formal permission to the policy by which the U.S. has held detainees at the prison — detainees who, in most cases, have not been charged or convicted but are deemed too dangerous to release. It also ends a two-year ban on the use of military commissions to try suspected terrorists.

Obama said Monday that his new policies will help “bring terrorists to justice.” But the new policy statement wasn’t much more than a recognition of fact and frustration.

Reality bites huh?

Note how Mara Liasson, writing for NPR, wrote the piece implying the issue is now closed. It was not what they wanted, but since the president tried, that’s all that matters. Did those who voted for hope and change just give up on their requirement Obama close the camp? Did they just drop it because Obama tried and failed?

Or maybe the media just dropped the issue, taking it off the table so Obama will not have to deal with the issue during his campaign for a second term?

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The terrorist detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is frequently referred to as a major public relations problem for the United States. Pundits, politicians and President Obama have referred to Gitmo as the “number one” recruiting tool for al-Qaida and other terrorist groups, but research on the subject proves the contention false.

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Despite Obama executive order, Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility still open

So where is the outrage? Let me make this clear, if President Bush (43) had signed an executive order promising Gitmo would be closed within one year and he missed the deadline by three minutes, there would be calls for impeachment by the left and the media. Yet today, Bush critics are silent concerning President Obama’s broken promise.

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Suggesting Khalid Shaikh Mohammed be tried in New York City federal court was judicial theater in the first place, and now Mayor Michael Bloomberg has requested Attorney General Eric Holder take his road show somewhere else. Hey, I seem to remember we’ve got this out-of-the-way court set up somewhere warm…

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Guantanamo detainees treated MUCH better than prisoners in USA

That’s the way I figured it, and my figuring is confirmed. As I noted on Jan. 22, 2009, President Obama had no plan at all – let alone a workable one – to close Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay. He won’t meet his self-imposed deadline, and now many think Gitmo may never be closed.

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20% of Released Guantanamo detainees go back to fighting (Update)

A classified Pentagon assessment measuring the recidivism rate of released Guantanamo detainees indicates one in five – 20 percent – of them return to jihad. Previous reports in Dec. 2008 (11 percent) and April 2009 (14 percent) shows a trend as the more dangerous terrorists are released over time.

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Legal technicality sends six Gitmo terrorists to Yemen (Updated)

On Dec. 26, I linked to a Washington Post article noting the Obama administrations had a list of 34 Yemeni terrorists at Guantanamo Bay who had been cleared for release and six of them would be returned immediately. With the failed attack on Christmas Day, I’m taking another look.

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Guantanamo terrorists sent home to fight again

President Obama will miss his self-imposed deadline to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, but he’s still working to dump off terrorists on other countries before he brings some to U.S. soil. A couple it seems, are back in “countries” not recognized as real countries. How did this happen?

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Crowder goes to Guantanamo Bay – good perspective

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