TV News LIES

Monday, Sep 01st

Last update11:56:39 PM GMT

You are here News Congress Congress, rules keep Obama from closing Guantanamo Bay

Congress, rules keep Obama from closing Guantanamo Bay

E-mail Print PDF

Gitmo prisonCongress has used its spending oversight authority both to forbid the White House from financing trials of Guantánamo captives on U.S. soil and to block the acquisition of a state prison in Illinois to hold captives currently held in Cuba who would not be put on trial — a sort of Guantánamo North.

The latest defense bill adopted by Congress moved to mandate military detention for most future al Qaida cases. The White House withdrew a veto threat on the eve of passage, and then Obama signed it into law with a “signing statement” that suggested he could lawfully ignore it.

On paper, at least, the Obama administration would be set to release almost half the current captives at Guantánamo. The 2009 Task Force Review concluded that about 80 of the 171 detainees now held at Guantánamo could be let go if their home country was stable enough to help resettle them or if a foreign country could safely give them a new start.

But Congress has made it nearly impossible to transfer captives anywhere. Legislation passed since Obama took office has created a series of roadblocks that mean that only a federal court order or a national security waiver issued by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta could trump Congress and permit the release of a detainee to another country.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Congress and the President must right a century-old racial wrong done to New Yorker Henry Johnson

Henry JohnsonThe stage is set for America to meet a long-overdue national obligation now that Defense Secretary...

A Few Bold Members Of Congress Join Fight Against Long-Standing Anti-Abortion Policy

Barbara LeeLawmakers who support abortion rights have long fought against policies that restrict women's access to the...

UK ambassador 'lobbied senators to hide Diego Garcia role in rendition'

Rendition siteLogs released under the Freedom of Information Act have reinforced claims that the UK lobbied to...

Senate passes funding for Israel's Iron Dome

Iron Dome Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) got unanimous consent in the Senate Friday for legislation to...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!