Committee rejects purely symbolic policy of closing Gitmo 

It’s always been a red herring whether or not we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, where suspected Islamic terrorists are held. If you have a problem with holding people indefinitely without any judicial proceeding — as I do — then it really doesn’t matter where they’re being held.

But President Obama, in a bit of civil rights street theater, promised over and over again to close Guantanamo. Now his meaningless promise has apparently hit a bipartisan brick wall in Congress.

WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee has dealt a blow to President Obama’s hopes to shutter the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by unanimously approving legislation that would prohibit creating a detention center inside the United States.

The administration had asked Congress to approve about $350 million to buy and renovate a nearly empty prison in Thomson, Ill. The White House plan was to empty Guantánamo and transfer its detainees to Illinois — including 48 who would be held without trial as wartime prisoners.

Obama tried to put congressional Dems in an untenable political position, and they pushed back. It serves him right.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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