Yesterday Gitmo, today ISIS
Am I the only person who is not surprised that a man released from Gitmo would go back into the terrorism business?
According to a report from Fox News, many are going back:
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said in a statement the development "underscores the risks we face when Guantanamo detainees are released based on a misguided desire to close Guantanamo -- rather than the national security interests of the United States."
She urged President Obama to suspend further transfers "at least until a thorough review can be conducted to better understand how many former Guantanamo detainees have joined ISIS and what we can do to prevent such an outcome in the future."
Ayotte also wrote to Obama seeking more information about former detainees who have joined with the Islamic State, or ISIS, saying troops "should never have to confront a former Guantanamo detainee on the battlefield."
As the father of a young man in the U.S. Army, I find all of this talk about Gitmo rather amazing.
First, we are at war. We've had political prisoners in every war going back to the Revolutionary War. Furthermore, I think that the prisoners at Gitmo are well-treated and provided food, shelter, and time for religious activities. The bottom line is that we have nothing to apologize for regarding Gitmo.
Second, everyone released from Gitmo goes home as a hero, a "survivor" of the prison. He immediately rises to the potential of a star, or leader, in the movement.
Third, a terrorist is a terrorist. Why do we think that they are going home to find another way of life?
Frankly, we should expand Gitmo, or maybe find another place if we have to. We need a place to hold the prisoners. We should also do everything possible to get information from them.
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