GAO report concludes Gitmo detainee release for Bergdahl violated 2 laws
You might think that a government watchdog body concluding that the President violated two laws in setting free dangerous combatants in exchange for a soldier under investigation for desertion might merit major attention. And you’d be correct – if that president were a Republican. But a different set of rules apply to Barack Obama.
Paulo Mirengoff of Powerline summarizes what the GAO has concluded after study:
The Government Accounting Office has concluded that the Obama Defense Department violated section 8111 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act when it transferred five detainees at Guantanamo Bay to Qatar without providing at least 30 days notice to certain congressional committees. Section 8111 prohibits the Defense Department from using appropriated funds to transfer any individuals detained at Gitmo unless the Secretary of Defense provides such notification.
The GAO also found that, by using its appropriations in a manner specifically prohibited by law, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act, as well.
Isn’t a system of government in which the leader is able to disregard the law with no consequences the very definition of a tyranny? Just wondering.
Hat tip: Cliff Thier