As 2010 rapidly closes, I can’t help but notice how the Obama administration tried to quietly slip past the media and the general public a recent declassified report on the current status of detainees formerly held at Guantanamo Bay.

You’ll recall then-candidate Obama made it a top priority of his campaign that he would seek to close Gitmo. Then, once assuming the office of commander in chief, someone in the White House had the boneheaded idea that maybe we should charter a plane for these terrorists and try them in a domestic court.

Clearly this administration is not up to speed on the optics of the detainees and how the public relations war has worked against them at every turn.
Released quietly earlier this month, a memo written by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reported that of the former detainees released or transferred to other nations, many have returned to a life of crimes against the world.

Of the close to 600 detainees released to date, 13 percent are confirmed and another 12 percent are suspected of “reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities after transfer,” according to the report. Nearly one-quarter of these prisoners that we know about returned to terrorism. And we need to listen to the White House that they were held without cause or somehow unlawfully? Please.

So what has the Obama White House done with this information? In classic form, they blamed their predecessor for the mess. Yet a closer look at detainees released since Obama took office shows five are either confirmed or suspected of returning to terrorist activities.

If the president’s policies of closing Gitmo, no questions asked, had been implemented, heaven only knows what that could have led to.

The point here is we need to take the bad guys seriously, and recognize that there are those in this world hell-bent on destroying our way of life. You can give these suspects no quarter. They will hide behind any protections they are afforded just to kill innocent humans.

I’m not saying we should compromise our principles and the rule of law. Let’s just be damn sure, before we release any more, that we know 1) where they are going; and 2) they truly are no longer a threat to the U.S. and her allies.

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