The Constitution is our rule of law, and when it’s followed, ensures we are operating as a functional Republic. I have shared on several occasions that when it comes to GITMO, Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 defines who has the enumerated power “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water.”
President Obama has signed into law with a previous National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that he cannot take unilateral action to shut down GITMO. We shared with you on Monday that Obama released five Yemeni unlawful enemy combatants from GITMO this weekend — following the horrific Islamic terror attack in Paris.
Now, you don’t have to believe me — which the liberal progressive left won’t, since they’re blind intransigent ideologues – but perhaps someone else can convince you.
As reported by The Hill, “The Obama administration is legally prohibited from bringing detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the U.S., Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged on Tuesday, even as the White House searches for ways to close the facility.
“With respect to individuals being transferred to the United States, the law currently does not allow that,” Lynch told the House Judiciary Committee. “That is not, as I am aware of, going to be contemplated, given the legal prescriptions.
“Certainly it is the position of the Department of Justice that we would follow the law of the land in regard on that issue.” The attorney general noted that President Obama has said he will sign a new defense policy bill that includes additional restrictions on Guantanamo Bay, including new limits on where men at the detention camp can be sent abroad.
Still, Lynch maintained that closing the 13-year-old detention facility “is something that is a part of the administration’s policy.” “The Department of Justice is committed to fully following that, and the closure of Guantanamo Bay is being carried out in compliance with that law,” she added. Despite Lynch’s comments, the Obama administration is actively looking for places in Colorado and other states to relocate dozens of detainees from the facility, as part of its broader effort to close the detention facility.”
Of course President Obama did say some 20-plus times he couldn’t take executive action on immigration — then he did, thank goodness we have two courts that slammed him for doing so. And breaking late on Wednesday, the White House stated it will delay providing a plan on shutting down GITMO – I’m quite sure Attorney General Lynch’s comments put a damper on things.
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