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DOJ: Gitmo Closure And Where To Send The Terrorist Not Pressing Media Or Public Issue

cross posted from USofArn.com

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The absurdity of the Obama administration knows no ends.

This week the Obama Justice Department sent USofArn.com a letter denying an appeal to have a Freedom of Information Act request expedited under rules for issues of pressing media and public interest.  It was the DOJ’s contention and that of Justices Director of Public Affairs that the issues of President Obama’s planned closure of the Guantanamo Bay military prison and the bringing in of 60 or so of the worlds worst terrorist included 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed to be housed and detained inside the country didn’t qualify or merit a faithful execution of the FOIA act because they didn’t believe the issue was of pressing media concern and did not affect the publics view of the integrity of the federal government.

USofArn.com was yet again seeking to have the Justice Department and Bureau of Prisons releases emails, memos, and other communications along with detailed financial documents related to Thomson prison in Thomson, Illinois for the entirely of the Obama administration into the end of October of this year.  The DOJ and Bureau of Prisons in prior FOIA request claimed that absolutely no emails, memos or other communications existed for a year and a half time frame that would have included the days immediately following the public disclosure of the Bowe Bergdahl deal.  The DOJ and BOP also claim that during a time frame from January 2013 to June of 2014 they had no email or other discussions with Illinois Democrat congresswoman [mc_name name=’Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B001286′ ] and Illinois Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin, a time frame during which both were instrumental in bringing tens of millions of dollars in funding to the prison. It took the DOJ and DOP more than a year and a half to finally claim nothing existed relevent to the original FOIA request.

The Obama administration for the last several weeks has been hinting at the public release of its plan to close Guantanamo Bay, but has of yet failed to do so. On Wednesday President Obama signed into law the NDAA defense spending bill and its continued restrictions on closing Guantanamo and bring the terrorist into the country.  In an accompanying signing statement President Obama said that he’d implement that only so long as it doesn’t interfere with separation of powers.  Meaning, a long rumored, by White House press secretary Josh Earnest, executive order closing Guantanamo Bay and bring the terrorist into the country is looming.

In recent weeks the Obama administration has sent military teams to the Navy brig in Charleston, South Carolina, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and two prison one state owned, the other the federal SuperMax prison, as possible sites to hold the Guantanamo terrorist.

It had been the Obama administrations repeatedly publicly stated intention to bring those terrorists out of the 112 currently in Guantanamo that cannot be released to another country to Thomson.  The Washington Post reported several months ago that an official in the Justice Department made strong enough objections to the use of Thomson, that the other sites, which have all been fiercely opposed by their congressional delegations and Gov. Nikki Haley, were considered.

USofArn.com’s latest FOIA, given the time frame that it covers, would ascertain whether or not the Obama administration had changed its mind on Thomson given the public opposition to all of the other sites known, as well as the idea as a whole, hopefully before or at least coinciding with the public announcement of the Guantanamo closure plans, hence the need for expediting.

For weeks USofArn.com has also been trying to get the Justice Department to answer questions related to the Guantanamo Bay closure not the least of which was related to the constitutional rights any GItmo terrorist would be entitled to under the Supreme Courts Eisentrager ruling. They have yet to respond to repeated emails and phone messages.

There has been a lot of secrecy, stonewalling, denials, delays, and real whoppers coming from the DOJ and BOP over Thomson prison.  Thomson’s Warden still refuses to answer any questions, a line he’s held for months. And what’s worst, attempts to use the means to get the truth our of a government that lies, the Freedom of Information Act, has been rendered use less.

But as the saying in the X-Files goes “The truth is out there”.