Sen. Kit Bond: Obama Cares More About Protecting Terrorist’s Rights, Than Americans
Republican Senator Kit Bond of Missouri, Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was scathing in his criticism of the Obama administration's handling of the war on terror during a blogger conference call today.
Bond denounced any notion of moving Guantanamo detainees to Illinois as a "crazy jobs program", suggested the administration is holding back information from Congress on the Fort Hood investigation and labeled Obama's anti-terrorism policies "disastrous" and "a sham."
The Senator claimed Congress has repeatedly asked the administration to see classified reports as regards the Fort Hood incident and the administration has repeatedly failed to respond.
When asked about two Uighur detainees the Swiss have now agreed to accept on so-called humanitarian grounds- against recommendations from their own parliament, Bond said his understanding is these were very dangerous individuals committed to terrorism. Yet, after a review of their records, the Swiss are now claiming the individuals don't represent a security risk.
ZURICH- Switzerland said on Wednesday it would accept two Uighur detainees from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay on humanitarian grounds, disregarding a parliamentary committee's recommendation not to take them. The pair, who are Chinese nationals, will be housed in canton of Jura. An Uzbek from the U.S. prison already lives in the canton of Geneva.
"Based on our studies of their files, they don't constitute a security risk," Swiss Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said.
Based upon another report now up at Politico, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced similar concerns in an address at the Heritage Foundation today. Additionally, based upon a comment left at another post here, Andrew McCarthy said he thought there was an 80% chance that the NYC terror trials would not take place as civilian trials in the end.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday accused the White House of being more concerned about a messaging strategy than prosecuting a war against terrorism.
In a blistering speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation, the Kentucky Republican issued his toughest criticism yet of President Barack Obama's efforts to handle terrorists, saying he has a "blind spot" when it comes to fighting terrorism and citing the administration's handling of the attempted Christmas Day bombing.
"Again and again, the administration's approach has been to announce a new policy or to change an existing one based not on a careful study of the facts, but as a way of conspicuously distancing itself from the policies of the past — even ones that worked," McConnell said. "In short, it has too often put symbolism over security."
Reports that New York City has become an increasingly unpopular and unlikely location for the trial of terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his cohorts have caused many New Yorkers and Americans at large to breathe a sigh of relief. However, it’s no time to sit back, relax, and divert your gaze. The New York Daily News reported on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 that “Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler shot down news reports that the trial in lower Manhattan’s federal courthouse of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has been scrapped.” According to Grindler, “We haven’t made a final decision and it’s not off the table.”