Rave if you do not want Gitmo detainees brought to the United States

Deputy Chief 2012/11/29 01:56:26

The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee has commissioned a federal report to identify prison facilities in the U.S. that are suitable for housing Guantanamo detainees, a document exclusively reviewed by Fox News shows.

In the internal document, the Government Accountability Office refers to “Source of Work: Ms. Dianne Feinstein, Chair, Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate” and lists the “Gist of Work” as an investigation into whether domestic facilities could house the approximately 170 detainees remaining at the controversial facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Two hours after Fox News' inquiry about the report, Feinstein's office posted the report online and released a statement confirming that the California senator thinks the Obama administration's controversial plan to relocate detainees to the United States is a viable option.

“This report demonstrates that if the political will exists, we could finally close Guantanamo without imperiling our national security,” Feinstein said. “The GAO report makes clear that numerous prisons exist inside the United States -- operated by both the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice—capable of holding the 166 detainees who remain at Guantanamo in an environment that meets the security requirements.”

Past discussion of moving the detainees stateside sparked a firewall of bipartisan opposition in Congress, which passed a measure barring that move.

The internal GAO document reviewed by Fox News notes the president’s executive order of January 2009, in which he promised to close the detention camps there within a year, and it references “legal prohibitions” that currently bar the transfer of detainees to the U.S. But the document also states that Congress has continued to raise questions about whether civilian or military facilities in the United Sates could house the men.

“To address this, GAO is providing information on the current characteristic of the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, as well as descriptions of existing DOD (Defense Department), Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security correctional and detention facilities," it says.

The GAO's report on the facilities, which was completed Nov. 14, included four objectives: an analysis of the current Guantanamo Bay detention camps, examination of the extent Defense Department and civilian facilities could be used, an outline of how the Justice and Homeland Security departments manage individuals who “engage in terrorist-related activities” and an overview of the challenges of housing detainees in the U.S.

Congressional sources tell Fox News that Feinstein, a California Democrat, placed a 30-day hold on the report, which has the effect of limiting access to the report’s findings until its public release. Until that time, sources say, Feinstein can share the findings with whom she chooses. However her office disputed that characterization, saying that it is standard for the GAO to delay public release of one of its reports until after the requestor has reviewed it.

Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia, who heads the powerful subcommittee on appropriations overseeing the Justice Department, said he thinks the department's acquisition last year of a prison in Illinois was “unprecedented in its violations of longstanding executive-legislative branch protocol."

It "could be the first step in transferring the world’s most dangerous terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S.,” Wolf said.

“Senator Feinstein’s request for this GAO report raises even more suspicion about plans by the Obama administration to transfer Guantanamo detainees to U.S. prisons, and even more troubling is the fact that the report’s findings were kept secret from the Congress and the American public,” Wolf said.

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  • 2ndCityMolly 2012/11/29 02:06:04
    Dummy Feinstein, another corrupt politician who funnels juicy deals to her husband, owner of Blum Capital, from military contracts and whatever else she could get her dirty hands on. Why close Guantanamo? It's prime real estate, where these jihadists belong. I think if they do this, obama will make a gesture of giving it back to Cuba, a goodwill gesture, another appeasing move. Big talk around here was that they wanted to send them to Illinois, and I see that's still the plan.

    I suggest she house them in San Francisco, around her neighborhood, or better yet put them all in Alcatraz. She can pay them daily visits and bring obama along too.

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  • Mike 2012/12/02 11:43:05
    Turn them over to Cuba
  • Rob Clary 2012/12/01 17:23:38
    Rob Clary
    Let them rot.
    If they wanted American constitutional rights, they should have immigrated instead of attacking. President Obama is doing the right thing.
  • Ishmael 2012/12/01 05:40:25
    Right SCREW the Rule of Law and Due Process. If we don't get it(and we DON'T) Why should they? The President can have any of you killed any time on his orders alone. That means we don't have a President or a Republic anymore. We have an Emperor and an Imperium.
  • cc 2012/12/01 05:23:08
    Oh HELL no! We'd be as well off setting them free in the Sahara desert or even sending them where they came from. Those terrorists do not need to come onto US soil for ANY REASON WHATSOEVER!! No US trial....No bleeding heart assylum or amnesty. HELL NO!!
  • Todd The Libertarian 2012/11/30 20:40:27
    Todd The Libertarian
    Yes,I would love to see what the bloods,crypts n the Mob do to them.And it saves taxes.
  • Cat 2012/11/30 20:29:59
    Will the leftists ever drop that stupid plan?
  • David 2012/11/30 20:29:58
    Why has this report taken 4 years to produce?
  • Wulfdane 2012/11/30 20:18:24 (edited)
    We should take those prisoners who are positively identified as terrorists and hand them the death penalty. Sending the rest back home.
  • Rave 2012/11/30 19:04:13
    It is unethical by all standards to lock people into prison without trail. If it was unethical when Hitler and Stalin did it, when they had the authority to say who was guilty and who wasn't without trail, than it is unethical for anyone to do it.

    There are plenty of terrorists being held in the US at the moment, ones who have faced trail and been convicted. How can anyone be okay with others being in prison without conviction? Just because they are "Middle eastern" and not you, doesn't justify it.

    Either hold fail trails for all of the prisoners, which should be done on US soil because it is the USA who are convicting these people. Or then let them go. If they have been caught doing something illegal, then trail it is.

    Justice for all. It might be easier and cheaper to have people held somewhere far away without trail, but it is not the right thing to do. By allowing this, you're showing the government that you allow them to change the rules when they feel like it, you're allowing America to be a country of injustice.
  • Starman - Guru of Reason 2012/11/30 17:36:11
    Starman - Guru of Reason
    Gitmo must be closed. The GOP needs to stop blocking every effort the Obama administration makes to accomplish this necessary step.
  • Rob Clary Starman... 2012/12/01 17:31:48 (edited)
    Rob Clary
    President Obama is not trying to close Gitmo...lol
    Many say they were blindsided by the Obama administration’s defense of indefinite detention. I was not. The job of the president is protect America, and once in office reality bit President Obama in the butt.
    AG Holder informed President Obama that he was returning jurisdiction to the Defense Department which marks the abandonment of the president’s promise to close Gitmo.
  • Starman... Rob Clary 2012/12/01 17:42:17
    Starman - Guru of Reason
    The congress has blocked every move the President has made to close gitmo. They prevented using federal funds to move detainees to foreign countries. Now they've prevented federal funds from being used to prepare US facilities to house gitmo detainees. It looks as though these moves by congress violates the constitution. But RWNJs only worry about the constitution when it is convenient.
  • Rob Clary Starman... 2012/12/01 17:48:45
    Rob Clary
    Obama can order the release of these guys any time he wants.
    Just release them.
    I vote for Berkeley Ca...lol
  • Doc Freeman BTO-T-TB~pwcmjla~ 2012/11/30 16:28:24
    Doc Freeman BTO-T-TB~pwcmjla~
    Senator Diane Feinstein is as big of buffoon as Nancy Pelosi. Once these enemy combatants set foot on U.S. soil every dirty lawyer will be offering his or her services to help make sure they are released while waiting on a civil trial. Talk about allowing Al-Qaida and terrorist to roam free in America this will sure be what will happen. Then of course they will be given food stamps, unemployment money, and free healthcare. We sure know how to treat the people who shoot and bomb our soldiers and our allies. We have nothing but rich idiots in D.C. now thanks to the socialist/progressive movement and lazy conservatives that will not get out and vote these socialist out of office. Wonder how they plan on making it the Republicans fault when these Al-Qaida terrorist blow up the White House or George Washington Monument, or the Lincoln Memorial or the Golden Gate Bridge?
  • COCO Doc Fre... 2012/12/01 04:07:13
  • Semper Fi 2012/11/30 15:29:38
    Semper Fi
    Just grind 'em!

    meat grinder
  • Deputy ... Semper Fi 2012/11/30 22:02:39
  • Semper Fi Deputy ... 2012/11/30 23:17:05
    Semper Fi
    Hang 'em and grind 'em!
  • macbeth 2012/11/30 14:04:25
    Guantanamo is a nasty stain on the American judicial system. Holding people in jail indefinitely, without trial, goes against any principle of justice, including habeas corpus. I am very disappointed that Obama hasn't yet closed it down.
    I believe it is now widely accepted that many, if not most, of those incarcerated there had never been guilty of any crime, unless you count being in the wrong place at the wrong time as a crime.
    So, if there is evidence against someone, and they haven't ended up in custody by illegal means, put them on trial in a normal US court. If you cannot provide evidence, release them and compensate them.
  • Semper Fi macbeth 2012/11/30 15:31:15 (edited)
    Semper Fi
    These are murdering enemy combatants and terrorists, not just "people". I say grind them up and feed them to the fish.
  • macbeth Semper Fi 2012/11/30 16:23:41 (edited)
    According to President Jimmy Carter about half of the remaining 169 detainees at Guantanamo have been cleared for release, but have very little prospect of getting their freedom.
    Internment without trial, (and I don't mean some kangaroo military tribunal), is a cruel and self-defeating tactic. Detainees lose their rights and their sanity, whilst the state loses all claim to the moral high ground.
    We tried it in Northern Ireland and it serves nobody well.
  • Semper Fi macbeth 2012/11/30 16:32:19
    Semper Fi
    Sure beats getting their heads cut off in front of a TV camera...
  • macbeth Semper Fi 2012/11/30 16:54:50
    Donald Rumsfeld (2003): "We need to stop populating Guantanamo Bay with low-level enemy combatants."
    Not to mention all those who were sold to the US military by their fellow Afghans under the bounty scheme.
  • Semper Fi macbeth 2012/11/30 17:01:16
    Semper Fi
    An enemy combatant is an enemy combatant no matter how you wish to paint it. A "low-level" status can leap to "high-level status with a push of a button.

    Besides, you are a flaming Progressive, so WTF do you care what Rumsfeld says?
  • Doc Fre... macbeth 2012/11/30 16:42:44
    Doc Freeman BTO-T-TB~pwcmjla~
    Obama is the one who stopped the trails at Gitmo. Plus no country wanted to take them and even when they did these enemy combatants went right back to where they came from and continued fighting our solders all over again. You apparently don’t care if our Military gets killed just so these terrorist that were caught fighting and bombing our soldier are given a trail? Besides Jimmy Carter is 88 years old and is getting senile and he is the one that slashed defense spending $6 billion (in 2003 dollars) in the first two years of his administration, canceling the B-1 bomber, and decimating the U.S. fleet. The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States where 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, after a group of Islamist students and militants took over the American Embassy in Tehran in support of the Iranian Revolution.
    The episode reached a climax when, after failed attempts to negotiate a release, the United States military attempted a rescue operation, Operation Eagle Claw, on April 24, 1980, which resulted in a failed mission, the deaths of eight American servicemen, one Iranian civilian, and the destruction of two aircraft.
    So this who you are listening to you have a big problem.
  • macbeth Doc Fre... 2012/11/30 17:04:13 (edited)
    Since January 2002, 779 men have been imprisoned in Guantanamo. 600 have been released, mostly without charge.
    In 2005 242 detainees were moved out of GTMO: 173 without charge and 69 transferred to other government jurisdictions.
  • macbeth Doc Fre... 2012/11/30 17:22:11
    What on earth has the Iranian hostage crisis got to do with locking people up without trial?
  • Doc Fre... macbeth 2012/12/02 19:06:51
    Doc Freeman BTO-T-TB~pwcmjla~
    Obama is a rerun of Carter.
  • Mark P. 2012/11/30 12:28:06
    Mark P.
    They are perfectly fine at GITMO. Leave them there.
  • sharon112 2012/11/30 11:47:31
    I think we should put them in regular prisons and let the other inmates know who they are. Problem solved. Okay, not really. But, seriously they are probably much safer off American soil. I do not want to see some liberal activist Judge or jury decide to just let them go whereever they please.
  • atomikmom 2012/11/30 06:37:14
    It's bad enough that the taxpayers have to foot the bill for the Americans who commit crimes and go to jail but to have criminals from the Middle East, is taking it way to far.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/11/30 05:25:39
    To Bad the state of Calif decided to send her back to the Senate this past election. Maybe just maybe they can find room for her at Gitmo.
  • Roger47 2012/11/30 05:25:32
    We have high security prisons that can hold them. We are Americans. We can do it!
  • ajracestables1 2012/11/30 05:07:28
    Given the current events that are going on, why does it even matter at this time? Where are the priorities with these government officials?
  • Mike 2012/11/30 04:56:39
    Obama promised when he first ran that he would close it. I guess he LIED,HUH?
  • Charles... Mike 2012/11/30 19:22:26
    Charles White
    The republicans blocked his requested to closed Gitmo and no state wish to house them at the time.
  • Charles White 2012/11/30 04:00:00
    Charles White
    I would vote YES! ! ! Cause these are America prisoners of war and they should me held prison in a America not Cuba. If American citizen don't want them in our nation why could they be held in an other nation. TEAM BUSH created this problem by not bring them to America in the place. Now TEAM OBAMA have to come and clean up another messed TEAM BUSH left unfinish.
  • Jim Charles... 2012/11/30 12:16:10
  • ronbo51 2012/11/30 02:53:00
    send them to Antartica. plenty of room to run around and exercise, eh???
    oh and dont send any jackets with them either!!!
  • hippycat 2012/11/30 00:29:18
    They should have been released years ago.

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