Of course the odds of this decision even having to be made are slim and none, yet it shows the utter disregard Brennan and Obama have for the will of the American people. via Obama Counterterrorism Adviser Slams Congressional Efforts to Block Guantanamo’s Closure – ProPublica.
President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, delivered the administration’s most forceful public call to date for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and the use of federal courts to try some detainees held there.
Pointing the finger at Congress, he called legislative efforts to block prisoner transfers to the United States for trial or detention an “unprecedented encroachment” on Obama’s authorities to prosecute suspects.
He said any “terrorists captured in the United States would be prosecuted exclusively through the criminal justice system,” and not by the military, as some members of Congress want.
Brennan described the closure of Guantanamo as an “essential national security objective,” and noted that its continued use was “preventing other countries from handing over terrorism suspects to the United States.”
“I believe in this,” he said later, at the conclusion of a speech at a national security symposium sponsored by The Atlantic Philanthropies and New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice.
In his remarks, Brennan alluded to recent Congressional hearings led by New York Republican Rep. Peter King that focused on Muslim radicals in the United States. Brennan called it “un-American,” to single out individual groups based on ethnicity, political affiliation or religion.
In a lengthy conversation afterward with reporters, Brennan said that if captured, Osama bin Laden would not be taken to the prison at Guantanamo Bay, categorically disputing a recent claim by CIA Director Leon Panetta.
“All the steps we are taking are to decrease the population there, not increase it,” he said. He did not say where bin Laden would be held, just that there were other detention “options available if we find people overseas. Certainly, if they are charged with crimes in the United States, they will be detained and prosecuted in our courts,” he said.
Asked whether Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi should face charges in connection with the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight over Scotland, Brennan said: “I want justice to be fully served for any type of terrorist attack that has taken place. So if there is additional evidence that would lead to the potential investigation and prosecution of other individuals, we need to make sure we can do that.”
Brennan said the United Nations Security Council resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya “sent a very clear signal” that Qaddafi needs to stop attacks against civilians. “The United States is not going to stand by and watch this,” he said, “nor will other countries.”
Unless they are Arab and Muslim countries, then they will stand by and do absolutely nothing to help the people.
And if it is un-American to single out any group based on religion – why is Obama using billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to pay jizya to Muslims around the world, and hiring people because they are Muslim?
Fire Brennan Now.
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