From Gitmo to Main Street?

Blair had some interesting notes in his presentation to Congress...
Blair had some interesting notes in his presentation to Congress...

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/27/us.afghanistan.troops/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/03/26/us.intelligence.afghanistan/index.html

Dennis Blair, President Obama’s National Intelligence Director, confirmed on Thursday that some of the prisoners may be released from Guantanamo into the United States.

Oh, and it gets better:  we may be providing them assistance to live.  That is right; we may pay these guys welfare once they are released.  Brilliant.

“If we are to release them in the United States, we need some sort of assistance for them to start a new life,” said National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair at his first press conference.  “You can’t just put them on the street,” he added. “All that is work in progress.”

You can’t be serious; you are just going to put them out on the street?  Have these guys lost their minds?

The Obama administration is currently evaluating what could be done with the prisoners, he said, but pledged that if they are sent to another country, “we have to be sure that that country will treat them in a humane fashion.”  So I guess by humane, they mean dropping them in the middle of Manhattan or the Washington mall, handing them some spending money and let them be on their merry way?

And the lunacy doesn’t end their.  Mr. Obama and liberals have been bashing Bush era policies on treatment of detainees.  But it looks like the Obama Administration is also going to seriously look at ‘harsh interrogations’. Blair confirmed that those methods — including waterboarding, or simulated drowning — would not be used under his tenure.  But Blair, a retired US admiral, added that his team was examining other “enhanced interrogation techniques” for high-value detainees that comply with international conventions on prisoners of war.  He did not elaborate on what methods would be used, but said such interrogations should be carried out by “government employees; they shouldn’t be contractors; they should be highly trained, very supervised.”   Well, that is good to know.

Blair also pushed Congress to help fund more intelligence seeking in Afghanistan.  He did not elaborate on reports that the Pakistani secret police, the ISI, was helping the Taliban and Al Qaeda with intelligence on U.S. troops.  They did announce $1.5 Billion more in aid the Pakistan for their fight against extremism; where the money is going is beyond me.  In addition, he provided more rationale for the mini-surge in Afghanistan that was started by President Bush and has been continued by President Obama.  The Pentagon just announced that 4,000 more U.S. troops are heading for Afghanistan.

However, the keynote was the release of Gitmo detainees.  How they are going to rationalize any prisoners held at Guantanamo to be released free into the U.S. public is beyond me.