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Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Prison On Short List For Guantanamo Bay Detainees
By Synthia Esther
August 4, 2009
Leavenworth, Kansas residents living near Fort Leavenworth are concerned now that they know the military base is on the short list to possibly hold detainees from Guantanamo Bay. Fearing this would put them at risk, they worry about local safety. Fox News, www.Foxnews.com quotes A.C Byrd, a retired Army noncommissioned officer as stating, "These people are a lot more dangerous than anybody we have here. There mission is to kill Americans and anyone who disagrees with them."
The Associated Press, citing administration sources, report the military's U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth and a prison in Michigan were the two choices being reviewed to accept Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Guantanamo Bay Detainee, Mohammed Jawad's Fate, Still in Question...
By Synthia Esther
August 1, 2009
The Obama administration tries to decide whether to send Mohammed Jawad, a young Guantanamo Bay detainee three weeks longer while it tries to decide what and where to send him, Afghanistan or the United States for trial. Some may ask, "Why the Concern?" Possible fear of an angry U.S. judge deciding Jawad's fate. According to Fox News, Government attorneys said in court filings Wednesday that they were prepared to release Jawad from detention at the U.S. naval facility in Cuba.
Jawad has been held there for 6 1/2 years since being arrested for allegedly wounding two U.S. sholdiers and their interpreter by throwing a grenade at their jeep in Afghanistan. Guantanamo Bay detainees entering the United States is in reality allowing criminals free reign within our country. As for an angry American judge deciding Mohammed Jawad's fate? I say, "Let the facts and proof speak for itself."
Chambliss Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Detainees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base from Entering the United States
May 20, 2009
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., yesterday introduced S. 1071, the Protecting America’s Communities Act, to prohibit President Barack Obama from bringing detainees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base to the United States. Chambliss has also introduced the legislation as an amendment to the supplemental appropriations bill being debated on the Senate floor.
“People across America are very concerned that this administration has not developed a plan for what to do with these hard-core terrorists once the detention center at Guantanamo is shuttered,” said Chambliss. “Americans are concerned that they will be released into the United States. It is important to remember most detainees held at Guantanamo were captured on the battlefields in Afghanistan or Iraq and were determined to be a threat to our nation’s security. Whatever their ties to terrorists groups or activities, these individuals should never be given the privilege of crossing our borders, even if incarcerated. To do so would be nothing short of an invitation for al-Qa’ida to operate inside our homeland.”
Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the Constitution grants Congress the power to “establish a uniform rule of naturalization.” The power of Congress “to exclude aliens from the United States and to prescribe the terms and conditions on which they come in” is absolute. The Immigration and Nationality Act contains a list of 30-plus excludable classes of aliens, including those deemed inadmissible for security reasons, such as terrorist activities. Chambliss’ legislation adds “an alien who, as of January 1, 2009, was being detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base” to the list of classes of aliens ineligible for visas or admission to the United States. The bill does not grant the executive branch waiver authority (parole authority) over this exclusion.
If the president should rely on other authority, such as his constitutional Article II powers - which Chambliss believes does not grant him this ability - to bring these detainees to the United States, the legislation adds additional safeguards to our immigration laws to ensure that they will be held and not released until they can be deported to their home country or a third country.
Finally, the legislation reaffirms that the United States is in an armed conflict with al-Qa’ida, the Taliban and associated forces, and that the president has the authority to detain enemy combatants in connection with the continuing armed conflict, regardless of the place they are captured.
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