NIKKI HALEY, JEFF DUNCAN LEAD FIGHT TO BLOCK TRANSFER OF ENEMY COMBATANTS TO SOUTH CAROLINA
This website has consistently supported S.C. governor Nikki Haley‘s position on the accommodation of detainees from Camp Delta, the U.S. military installation in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We just wish she would show the same consistency in opposing refugee resettlements … or opposing presidential candidates who want to grant amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Anyway … Haley is correct in opposing U.S. president Barack Obama on this issue.
Obama vowed to shut down Guantanamo Bay down in 2008 – but eight years later the facility has continued to operate at a cost of roughly $150 million a year. It currently houses around 93 detainees – or “enemy combatants.” These prisoners are held indefinitely in extrajudicial detention. Forty detainees have been cleared for transfer – in fact ten were recently transferred for resettlement in Oman.
Others could be, um, “traded.”
At its peak population in 2003, Camp Delta housed more than 650 detainees.
Obama wants to transfer the remaining “dangerous” detainees to at least three facilities in the United States – the federal government’s “Supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado; a military prison in Leavenworth, Kansas and the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina.
“The plan we’re putting forward today isn’t just about closing the facility at Guantanamo,” he said. “It’s not just about dealing with the current group of detainees, which is a complex piece of business because of the manner in which they were originally apprehended and what happened. This is about closing a chapter in our history.”
This website has made no bones about its view of indefinite detention for enemy combatants.
“If proof exists that foreign nationals knowingly participated in terror activities against American citizens, then they should be lined up against a wall and shot – immediately,” we wrote back in 2013. “If no such proof exists (or, as is the case with many detainees, the government has no idea who they are), then they should be released.”
Leading the fight to block the detainee transfers at the federal level is U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan – who has introduced legislation which would grant the U.S. House of Representatives the right to sue the Obama administration if it moves forward with its plans.
Duncan specifically cited the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act – which passed the “Republican-controlled” Congress by broad, veto-proof margins. That Act expressly prohibited such transfers, making Obama’s proposal “a direct attack to the rule of law.”
“No President is above the law,” he said. “When Congress passes a law, we have an obligation to the Constitution to ensure that it is followed.”