Obama did not set out to kill Osama bin Laden. He set out to capture him in order to give him a civilian trial and dismantle Bush’s War on Terror infrastructure. But like his plan to give Khalid Sheikh Mohammed a civilian trial, there was a hitch. Bin Laden was killed during the operation. The American people did not want Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to get a civilian trial. And New Yorkers did not want him here.
Now a Democrat controlled Senate has dealt another blow to Obama’s terrorist dreams by barring the transfer of Gitmo inmates, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, to the United States, at a time when there has been a push underway to finally shut down Gitmo for Obama’s second term.
Senator Kelley Ayotte’s NDAA amendment to close off funding for the transfer or release of any Guantanamo inmate held by Obama passed narrowly. Naturally both of New York’s corrupt senators, Schumer and Gillibrand, voted against the amendment. But a number of Democrats, including Kay Hagan from North Carolina, Debbie Stabenow from Michigan, Manchin from West Virginia, Inouye from Hawaii, Webb from Virginia, and of course Joe Lieberman, who co-sponsored it, decided to do the right thing and the amendment passed.
Will Obama find a way to bypass it? Unfortunately a lawless administration that acts as if it encompasses all three branches of government in the body of one man, might. But it’s still important to do the right thing if only to protest against an administration that behaves every bit as lawlessly as the terrorists it seeks to set free.