Diary

Will Obama Surrender Guantanamo--Not Just Release Terrorists?

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The United States Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay

Closing Guantanamo
Bringing Terrorists to the U.S. and Releasing Terrorists Back to Terror

President Obama has declared he wants to close the Guantanamo detention facility, and has sent Congress his plan which would have to involve bringing to the U.S. and releasing back to terrorism the remaining dangerous detainees.

Transferring any Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. would violate the law, as well as endanger the security of the United States by bringing terrorists to U.S. soil.

The President’s stated reason is completely wrong. Closing Guantanamo would not remove a terrorism recruitment issue, but would instead be a tremendous victory for the terrorists, who would applaud their victory in getting Obama to close it and free many terrorists.

Americans must expect that the President will openly violate the law and bring the terrorists to the U.S., and then close the facility after a few months–claiming that because Congress failed to act, he must regrettably issue edict to bypass Congress. Fidel Castro would applaud his rule by dictate.

Congress and the courts must take action to prevent this coming illegal executive action.

Surrendering Guantanamo to Castro

Of additional danger is that the President will further violate the law and surrender the entire Guantanamo Naval Base to Castro.

The White House denies it will surrender Guantanamo to Cuba, however the President’s track record of unilateral concessions to Cuba without preconditions should serve as a warning that he indeed may surrender our naval base, property and territory, perhaps after the 2016 election.

To circumvent the Constitution, Congress and the courts, this might be done while Congress is in recess and over the course of just a few days; rapidly freeing to terror or transferring detainees, and abandoning in place hundreds of millions of dollars of improvements and equipment (buildings, port, equipment, power plants and other utilities, airport, vehicles, and other improvements) to the most totalitarian country in the Western Hemisphere.

Once surrendered, the Cuban military would immediately seize the base and the damage will be done; our base would be irrevocably lost.

This would be an immense gift and propaganda victory for Castro’s Cuba and terrorism. Castro would likely make the detainee camp into a museum and propaganda display, and earn millions by leasing the naval base and airport to Russia and China. The detainee camp might also be used as a prison for political prisoners.

Bound by Article IV of our Constitution, only Congress has the right to approve the disposition of U.S. property, which would restrain other presidents.

However, to reign in this President, Congress must preemptively prohibit in the budget or another must-pass bill the transfer of Guantanamo and its improvements to Cuba. If the President threatens a veto, that would be a de facto admission of his true intent.

Please call your Congressman and Senators at 202-224-3121 with a request to specifically block this possible surrender. Don’t talk to an intern or receptionist, but ask to speak to the military legislative assistant, or “MLA” in Hill slang, and explain the dangers.

The following is the language I wrote for addition to the NDAA:

SEC. ___ NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY
a) Prohibition.—No funds shall be obligated or expended by the Department of Defense to:
(1)  Close Naval Station Guantanamo Bay or the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.
(2)  Transfer Naval Station Guantanamo Bay or any part thereto to the Republic of Cuba.
(3)  Transfer or release any detainees from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.
(4)  Terminate or void the Cuban–American Treaty of 1903 and any subsequent treaties and leases with the Republic of Cuba.
(b) United States Property.—Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is the property of the United States under the terms of existing treaties and leases with the Republic of Cuba, and under Article IV, Section 3 of the United States Constitution, only Congress shall have Power to cancel or void the lease or dispose of the property and all improvements and equipment within the property.

Please contact your Members of Congress to have this or similar language to the NDAA or other ‘must pass’ legislation.