The House of Representatives made a major move against Barack Obama on Wednesday when they voted to put a massive roadblock in whatever efforts he makes to release detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility during the final months of his term.
According to Western Journalism, the House passed an amendment to a defense spending bill that will stop detainees from being transferred to other countries. This came soon after Congress put in place a ban that keeps Obama from shifting “Gitmo” detainees to American locations.
Unfortunately, it’s unclear whether this House amendment will actually come to fruition. The Senate has yet to pick it up, and the White House has already issued rumblings of a possible veto of the bill.
There are currently 80 detainees left at Guantanamo Bay, 28 of whom have been scheduled to be transferred to other nations at some point this summer. However, officials at the Pentagon have confirmed that at least 12 former detainees have participated in terrorist attacks that have killed at least six Americans.
“This president has shown that he is willing to transfer them to other places where the risk of them escaping back to the battlefield is very high,” said Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., who sponsored the amendment. “At this time, I believe we can’t risk that.”
“The bottom line here is the folks that are left at Guantanamo are the worst of the worst,” Hudson added. “These are some of the most violent, dangerous criminals in the world.”
Hudson cited the massacre of 49 people in Orlando last weekend by a terrorist who pledged loyalty to ISIS as proof that there is a lot at stake with this debate.
“The war on terror is an ongoing battle against evil and we must remain vigilant,” Hudson said. “We must take every action necessary to block the president’s plan to close Guantanamo.”
Obama’s minions, however, were quick to speak out against the bill.
“That has to be unconstitutional,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. “What it says is, even if you find that an individual is innocent, even if you factually find out he’s guilty of no terrorism, he didn’t fight against us, he’s not a prisoner of war, he’s guilty of nothing – he must stay in jail forever.”
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