Friday, January 23, 2009

Warning to President Obama: Former Gitmo Prisoner Back in Action! Number Two Man For Yemen's "al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula"

"As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals." President Barack Obama 1/20/2009

So you are sure you want to do this, Mr. Obama?

Just 10 days ago, The Pentagon confirmed that at least 61 former detainees have returned to the war against America.

Make that 62.

Today we learned that another former detainee has re-joined al Qaeda to take up arms against American interests.

A Saudi man who was released from Guantanamo after spending six years inside the U.S. prison camp has joined al Qaeda's branch in Yemen and is now the terror group's No. 2 in the country, according to a purported Internet statement from al Qaeda.

The announcement, made this week on a Web site commonly used by militants, came as President Barack Obama ordered the detention facility closed within a year.

The Yemen branch - known as "al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula" -said the man, identified as Said Ali al-Shihri, returned to his home in Saudi Arabia after his release from Guantanamo about a year ago and from there went to Yemen. The Internet statement, which could not immediately be verified, said al-Shihri was the group's second-in-command in Yemen and his prisoner number at Guantanamo was 372.
Your own hero, Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War because he wanted Confederate "detainees" to spill the beans. He wanted to win the war. He wanted to preserve America.

From Slate.

On April 19, 20,000 Confederate sympathizers in Baltimore tried to stop Union troops from traveling from one train station to another en route to Washington, causing a riot. So on April 27 Lincoln suspended the habeas corpus privilege on points along the Philadelphia-Washington route. That meant Union generals could arrest and detain without trial anyone in the area who threatened "public safety."

Habeas corpus is the only common-law tradition enshrined in the Constitution, which also explicitly defines when it can be overridden. Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution says, "The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it."

"Invasion of the public safety," Mr. President. Keep that in mind next time you try to appease your Liberal-ACLU-Bleeding Heart friends.

Yes, Lincoln's action were controversial. Yes, not everyone supported it.

To paraphrase President Bush, sometimes doing what is right is more important than doing what is popular.

Sometimes IT IS necessary to put safety ahead of our ideals! The terrorists we are at war with are not worthy of human rights. Any person who will sacrifice his own life to cause death and destruction to thousands or people does not deserve "Civil Liberties".

If your family was in peril, Mr. President, would you place ideals over safety?

We think not. The American People are now your family, too. This is the job you signed up for, sir. Please, take your American Family seriously.

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