America must be better than Guantanamo

Jul 18, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Washington Post

Diane Randall is the executive secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a 70-year-old Quaker lobby in the public interest.

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Gary

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It only costs $800,000 per year to hold a prisoner
at Guantanamo.

What a colossal waste of taxpayer money.
Faith

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Gary wrote:
It only costs $800,000 per year to hold a prisoner
at Guantanamo.
What a colossal waste of taxpayer money.
Wow! The government should just gas all of the inmates and call it a day.
Sheik Yerbouti

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Americans like to thunk their country is honorable but the facts say otherwise!
neutral observer

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Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
Americans like to thunk their country is honorable but the facts say otherwise!
Who precisely? I have never met anyone who considers the Obama administration honorable. Most of us would point out that pretty much all Washington politicians are cynical power hungry morons.
neutral observer

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As for Guantanamo... the Spanish American War is over... it was over before the dawn of the 20th century.

Why are we even there in 2013?
Wall Street Government

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Jul 18, 2013
 
Rebuffing President Barack Obama's latest plea, House Republicans on Monday proposed keeping open the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by barring the administration from transferring its terror suspects to the United States or a foreign country such as Yemen.

The provisions dealing with the fate of the remaining 166 prisoners are part of a defense policy bill drafted by Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif. The chairman released the bill Monday, two days before Republicans and Democrats on the committee will vote on it.

In his speech, Obama said Guantanamo makes no sense in a time of deficit-driven budget cuts as the United States spends $150 million each year on 166 prisoners almost $1 million per prisoner.

McKeon's bill says the Pentagon can spend money to upgrade Guantanamo, including $247.4 million for military construction.
Wall Street Government

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So much for teabagger spending hawks.
Law And Order

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Wall Street Government wrote:
Rebuffing President Barack Obama's latest plea, House Republicans on Monday proposed keeping open the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by barring the administration from transferring its terror suspects to the United States or a foreign country such as Yemen.
The provisions dealing with the fate of the remaining 166 prisoners are part of a defense policy bill drafted by Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif. The chairman released the bill Monday, two days before Republicans and Democrats on the committee will vote on it.
In his speech, Obama said Guantanamo makes no sense in a time of deficit-driven budget cuts as the United States spends $150 million each year on 166 prisoners almost $1 million per prisoner.
McKeon's bill says the Pentagon can spend money to upgrade Guantanamo, including $247.4 million for military construction.
In his speech, Obama said Guantanamo makes no sense in a time of deficit-driven budget cuts as the United States spends $150 million each year on 166 prisoners almost $1 million per prisoner.

150 million a year for Gitmo is a deal when you compare it to obammys last 2 vacations, his last to his homeland africa was the most expensive to the taxpayers.

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Gary wrote:
It only costs $800,000 per year to hold a prisoner
at Guantanamo.
What a colossal waste of taxpayer money.
Well shit, lets send the SOB's to Washington and you can drink coffee and share bongs with them. LMAO
EASY MONEY

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Gary wrote:
It only costs $800,000 per year to hold a prisoner
at Guantanamo.
What a colossal waste of taxpayer money.
Hell lets just shoot that bunch and then set up a fighter base, to keep the Cubans on their toes.
How much has bozo's family plus his band of merry men and lesbians and the VP's family spent on vacations and just plain bullshit in one year? That is a waste of taxpayers money!!
Wall Street Government

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Law And Order wrote:
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In his speech, Obama said Guantanamo makes no sense in a time of deficit-driven budget cuts as the United States spends $150 million each year on 166 prisoners almost $1 million per prisoner.
150 million a year for Gitmo is a deal when you compare it to obammys last 2 vacations, his last to his homeland africa was the most expensive to the taxpayers.
That's right.

What was it,$200 million?

$400 billion?

Why do teabaggers always deflect when blaming Obama for something that's their fault?

Before it was an atrocity, now it's a deal.

Poor teabagger.

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Gitmo is still operating? I was sure Obama gave his word he would close it. Of course it's only been 5 years. Golf anyone?

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Wall Street Government wrote:
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That's right.
What was it,$200 million?
$400 billion?
Why do teabaggers always deflect when blaming Obama for something that's their fault?
Before it was an atrocity, now it's a deal.
Poor teabagger.
he could move them with an executive order any time he wants to. Next Excuse.
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Fuxk you.....save a buck and let them die.
Wall Street Government

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californio wrote:
<quoted text> he could move them with an executive order any time he wants to. Next Excuse.
He did that already.

Evidently you don't know how executive orders work.

They only provide legislative powers.

They can't make money appear, only congress can do that.

The teabagger congress won't provide the funds to do so.
Wall Street Government

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Trash bagger wrote:
Fuxk you.....save a buck and let them die.
Poor teabagger.

Gettin' ready for our next middle east war?

Teabaggers whine about Obama NOT fixing Bush's policies.

George gets a pass for NOT fixing his own crap?

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Wall Street Government wrote:
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He did that already.
Evidently you don't know how executive orders work.
They only provide legislative powers.
They can't make money appear, only congress can do that.
The teabagger congress won't provide the funds to do so.
He could just order a transfer in mass to Fort Leavenworth anytime he wanted to. the Military has to obey the president, and Part of Fort Leavenworth is already run by the US military and all of it is run by the Federal government.
Go check out what Teddy Roosevelt threaten when congress said they would not provide funds to send the Great white fleet around the World. but then Teddy Roosevelt was a Leader.
Wall Street Government

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<quoted text> He could just order a transfer in mass to Fort Leavenworth anytime he wanted to. the Military has to obey the president, and Part of Fort Leavenworth is already run by the US military and all of it is run by the Federal government.
Go check out what Teddy Roosevelt threaten when congress said they would not provide funds to send the Great white fleet around the World. but then Teddy Roosevelt was a Leader.
I like your idea.

Others don't.

3/1/2009

Mayor Lisa Weakley can't think of a single good reason the federal government should transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the Army's Fort Leavenworth in this city of 35,000.

President Obama fulfilled a campaign pledge when he signed an executive order Jan. 22 requiring the closure of Guantanamo within a year. Detainees who can't be released, returned home or sent to another country will be moved to a U.S. detention facility. Pentagon officials studying potential destinations have visited Fort Leavenworth, the Navy brig in North Charleston, S.C., and California's Camp Pendleton.

Easy access to the fort would end if Guantanamo detainees end up there, says Leavenworth police chief Pat Kitchens. He worries the town could become a target of terrorists angry about detainees' imprisonment. "Terrorists don't target military installations. They target local populations," Kitchens says. He has 66 police officers and figures he'd need more if detainees end up here.

The Kansas Legislature, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and the state's U.S. senators all object to sending them here.

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