ARRA News Service
ARRA News Service facebook page  
News for social, fiscal & national security conservatives who believe in God, family & the USA. Upholding the rights granted by God & guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, traditional family values, "republican" principles / ideals, transparent & limited "smaller" government, free markets, lower taxes, due process of law, liberty & individual freedom. All content approval rests with the ARRA News Service Editor. Opinions are those of the authors. While varied positions are reported, beliefs & principles remain fixed. No revenue is generated for or by this site - no paid ads accepted - no payments for articles. Fair Use doctrine is posted & used.
Editor/Founder: Bill Smith, Ph.D. [aka: OzarkGuru & 2010 AFP National Blogger of the Year]
Contact: (Pub. Since July, 2006)
    Home Page

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Despite Obama Signing Another Law Barring GITMO Detainee Transfers To US, . . .

. . . His Admin Says "We're Going To Die Trying" To Close GITMO.

Today in Washington, D.C.:
Congress is not in session.

The House is not in session today and will reconvene on Monday, November 16th with no recorded voted until 6:30 PM

The Senate is not in session today and will reconvene on Monday, November 16th at 3 PM.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 91-3 to concur in the House amendment to S. 1356, the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (Defense authorization bill), thus passing the bill and sending it to the president for his signature. The three no votes were by Merkley (D-OR). socialist Democrat Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Wyden (D-OR). Note voting were 6 Republicans which included four candidates for the Republican nomination: Senators Cruz (R-TX), Graham (R-SC), Heller (R-NV), Paul (R-KY), Rubio (R-FL), and Vitter (R-LA).

The Senate also voted 93-0 to pass H.R. 2029, the Fiscal Year 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, as amended. Even Sanders(I-VT) voted yes. Not Voting were Cruz (R-TX), Gardner (R-CO), Graham (R-SC), Heller (R-NV), Paul (R-KY), Rubio (R-FL), and Vitter (R-LA)

In addition the Senate voted 82-7 to invoke cloture on the motion to go to conference with the House on H.R. 22, the highways bill. Senators then voted 56-31 to instruct conferees to allow the Transportation Secretary to issue a rule on the lengths of semi-trucks with double trailers. The no votes were all by Republicans.

Both of the above bills included provisions prohibiting the president from moving Guantanamo terror detainees to the United States. Thus an overwhelming majorities of Congress have agreed that these detainees should not be moved to the U.S. In fact the votes would have been higher if all Republicans had voted.

The Wall Street Journal noted Tuesday, “The White House said that President Barack Obama would sign the annual defense policy bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday, despite his objections to its provisions keeping open the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. . . . [T]he new defense policy bill retains other provisions opposed by Mr. Obama, chiefly a prohibition on transferring detainees at Guantanamo to the U.S. through 2016. . . . ‘We have long expressed our disappointment at the repeated effort by Congress to impede the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The president believes closing that prison is a national security priority,’ White House press secretary Josh Earnest said . . . .”

Yet President Obama has signed legislation into law that contains this prohibition, going all the way back to 2009. This year’s Defense authorization bill will mark the sixth one in a row that includes the prohibition on moving Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. that the president has signed into law.

Unfortunately, President Obama has demonstrated time and again that he’s willing to simply disregard the law when it’s inconvenient to his political goals. As The Wall Street Journal pointed out, “Mr. Obama’s decision not to veto the $607 billion defense bill for a second time makes it more likely that he will decide to go around Congress to fulfill his longstanding pledge to close the prison, setting up an election-year fight with Republicans that could end up in court.”

Indeed, CNN reported last week, “White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, asked about the possibility that President Barack Obama could take unilateral moves to transfer detainees to the United States, said all options remain in play. ‘At this point, I would not take anything off the table in terms of the President doing everything that he can to achieve this critically important national security objective,’ Earnest said.”

And National Security Advisor Susan Rice told Reuters about administration efforts to close the Guantanamo detention facility, “I can't say with certainty that we're 100 percent going to get there, but I can tell you we're going to die trying.” This is the same Susan Rice that spread the false lie that the attack on Bendhazi was because of a video.

It’s worth recalling that President Obama once acknowledged Congress’ ability to limit the president’s actions. As a candidate in 2008, Obama said, “Congress's job is to pass legislation. The president can veto it or he can sign it. … I believe in the Constitution and I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We're not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end-run around Congress.”

And, he spent two years insisting that “this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true.” He also said, “I swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books … Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. . . . But that's not how our system works. That's not how our democracy functions. That's not how our Constitution is written.” And “I am president, I am not king. I can't do these things just by myself.” As recently as 2013, President Obama was reminding people, “I'm not a king. I am the head of the executive branch of government. I'm required to follow the law.”

Even the editorial board of The Denver Post is warning the president not to attempt to move terror detainees from Guantanamo Bay in defiance of Congress: “One of Barack Obama's consistent pledges as a candidate for president and after his election was to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. . . . [I]t is one he should abandon after the U.S. Senate on Tuesday joined the House in passing a 2016 national defense act that bars transfers of prisoners to the mainland. He should abide by the restriction rather than defy Congress and claim authority to act on his own.”

The Post editors write, “Alarmingly, though, there are reports the president could act unilaterally to transfer prisoners. . . . He shouldn't. We say that having supported all along his goal of closing Guantanamo as well as the policy of finding countries willing to accept enemy combatants. . . . But Congress does have the power of the purse. If it decides, however unwisely, to bar ‘the use of funds provided to any department or agency ... for the transfer or release of individuals’ detained at Guantanamo to or within the U.S., then Obama should abide by the prohibition rather than resort to a clever legal rationale that claims he can act on his own.”
The issue should not be closing GITMO because of its location on U.S territory in Cuba. The issue should be what War Crimes and other illegal actions have foreign (not American) combatants taken against the U.S., our allies, and  noncombatants. Why have they not been tried before an established military tribunal with senior oversight of experienced Federal judges? Based on the sentence determined they should either executed for any "high" war crimes, or the remaining period of incarceration determined for crimes committed, or released to their former country from which they were captured.

No legal resident Americans should ever be threaten with transport to GITMO or any location outside of the USA.

Tags: President Obama. GITMO, NDAA, To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
Posted by Bill Smith at 1:00 PM - Post Link


Post a Comment

<< Home

National Debt
Don't miss anything!
Subscribe to the
ARRA News Service
It's FREE & No Ads!

You will receive a verification email
& must validate you subscribed!

You Then Receive One Email Each AM
With Prior Days Articles / Toons / More

Also, Join us at:

Recent Posts:
Personal Tweets by the editor:
Dr. Bill - OzarkGuru - @arra
#Christian Conservative; Retired USAF & Grad Professor. Constitution NRA ProLife schoolchoice fairtax - Editor ARRA NEWS SERVICE. THANKS FOR FOLLOWING!

Action Links!
Arkansas State Senators
AR State Representatives
Arkansas Governor Office
Arkansas Attorney General
Bankrupting America
US House of Representatives
US Senators
Family Research Council
Sunshine Review

Facebook Accts - Dr. Bill Smith
ARRA News Service
Arkansans Against Big Government
Alley-White Am. Legion #52
Catholics & Protestants United Against Discrimination
End Taxpayer Funding of NPR
Overturn Roe V. Wade
Prolife Soldiers
Project Wildfire 4 Life
Republican Liberty Caucus of Arkansas
The Gold Standard
US Atty Gen Loretta Lynch, aka Eric Holder, Must Go
Veterans for Sarah Palin
Why Vote for Hillary (Satire)
FB Groups:
Arkansas For Sarah Palin
Arkansas Conservative Caucus
Arkansas County Tea Party
Arkansans' Discussion Group on National Issues
Blogs for Borders
Conservative Solutions
Conservative Voices
Defend Marriage -- Arkansas
FairTax Nation
Arkansas for FairTax
Friends of the TEA Party in Arkansas
Freedom Roundtable
Let's Mine AR Lignite NOW!
Pro-Life Rocks - Arkansas
Republican Network
Republican Liberty Caucus of AR
Reject the U.N.


Request Via
Article Comment

Links to ARRA News
A Patriotic Nurse
Agora Associates
a12iggymom's Blog
America, You Asked For It!
Americans for a Free Republic
America's Best Choice
America's Whatchtower
An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings
ARRA Twitter
As A Matter of Fact
As The Crackerhead Crumbles
Baaad Media!
Black & Right
Blogs For Borders
Blogs for Palin
Blow the Trumpet Ministry
Boot Berryism
Cap'n Bob & the Damsel
Chicago Ray Report
Chuck Baldwin - links
Citizen Pamphleteer
Common Cents
Conservative Hideout
Conservative Observer AZ
Conservative Voices
Conway Real Deal
Defeat Obama's Agenda
Diana's Corner
eGOP News
Florida Pundit
Franklin Online Outreach
Freedom For US Now
Free Zone Media Center
For God and Liberty
Garland County Republicans
Greater Fitchburg For Life
Guns and Religion
Lasting Liberty Blog
Liberal Isn't Amy
Liberty's Lifeline
Maggie's Notebook
Marathon Pundit
Monkey in the Middle
NASA Satellites
No Runny Eggs
Okie Campaigns
Our Voices Arkansas
Patriot's Corner
Publius Forum
Randy's Roundtable
Real Debate Wisconsin
Religion and Morality
Right on Issues that Matter
Right Reason
Rocking on the Right Side
Saber Point
Saline Watchdog
Secure Arkansas
Sentry Journal
Sultan Knish
Stop Obama Satire & Cartoons
The Arkansas Patriot
The Audacity of Logic
The Blue Eye View
The Bobo Files
The Born Again Americans
TEA Party Cartoons
The Conservative Citizen
The Foxhole | Unapologetic Patriot
The Liberty Republican
The Lid
The Looking Spoon
The Maritime Sentry
The O Word
The Path to Tyranny Blog
The Real Polichick
The War on Guns
Truth About Obamacare
Twitter @ARRA
Warning Signs
Women's Prayer & Action

Editor's Managed Twitter Accounts
Twitter Dr. Bill Smith @arra
Twitter Arkansas @GOPNetwork
Twitter @BootBerryism
Twitter @SovereignAllies
Twitter @FairTaxNation

Editor's Recommended Orgs
Accuracy in Media (AIM)
American Committment
American Culture & Faith Institute
American Enterprise Institute
American Family Business Institute
Americans for Limited Government
Americans for Prosperity
Americans for Tax Reform
American Security Council Fdn
AR Faith & Ethics Council
Arkansas Policy Foundation
Ayn Rand Institute
Bill of Rights Institute
Campaign for Working Families
Center for Individual Freedom
Center for Immigration Studies
Center for Just Society
Center for Freedom & Prosperity
Citizens Against Gov't Waste
Citizens in Charge Foundstion
Coalition for the Future American Worker
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Concerned Veterans for America
Concerned Women for America
Declaration of Am. Renewal
Eagle Forum
Family Research Council
Family Security Matters
Franklin Center for Gov't & Public Integrity
Freedom Works
Gingrich Productions
Global Incident Map
Great Americans
Gold Standard 2012 Project
Gun Owners of America (GOA)
Heritage Action for America
David Horowitz Freedom Center
Institute For Justice
Institute for Truth in Accounting
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Judicial Watch
Less Government
Media Reseach Center
National Center for Policy Analysis
National Right To Work Foundation
National Rifle Association (NRA)
National Rifle Association (NRA-ILA)
News Busters
O'Bluejacket's Patriotic Flicks
Open Secrets
Presidential Prayer Team
Religious Freedom Coalition
Renew America
Ron Paul Institute
State Policy Network
Tax Foundation
Tax Policy Center
The Club for Growth
The Federalist
The Gold Standard Now
The Heritage Foundation
The Leadership Institute
Union Facts

Blogs For Borders

Reject the United Nations

Adopt Our Troops in Prayer

Thousands of Deadly Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11

FairTax Nation on FaceBook
Friends of Israel - Stand with Israel
Blog Feeds
Syndicated - Get the ARRA News Service feed Syndicated!
ARRA Blog Feed

Add to Google Reader or Homepage

Add to The Free Dictionary

Powered by Blogger

  • How To Exchange Links!
  • Comments by contributing authors or other sources do not necessarily reflect the position the editor, other contributing authors, sources, readers, or commenters. No contributors, or editors are paid for articles, images, cartoons, etc. While having reported on and promoting the beliefs associated with the ARRA, this blog/site is not controlled by nor funded by the ARRA. This site/blog does not advertise for money or services nor does it solicit funding for its support.
  • Fair Use: This site/blog may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available to advance understanding of political, human rights, economic, democracy, and social justice issues, etc. This constitutes a 'fair use' of such copyrighted material as provided for in section Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 of the US Copyright Law. Per said section, the material on this site/blog is distributed without profit to readers to view for the expressed purpose of viewing the included information for research, educational, or satirical purposes. Any person/entity seeking to use copyrighted material shared on this site/blog for purposes that go beyond "fair use," must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
  • © 2006 - 2017 ARRA News Service
Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.