Yes, our Democrats.
I don't know what the real deal is, but I do agree with morning joke that this was political, especially by Harry Reid. Reid is not looking too good right now, but before morning joke jumps for eternal joy, it is going to be very hard to beat Reid in Nevada.
Anyway, the funds to close Guantanamo Bay were stripped from the bill by the Democrats.
U.S. Senate Democrats stripped from a war spending bill $80 million that was allocated for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison.
The move Tuesday came the same week President Barack Obama was scheduled to outline his plan for the 240 terrorism suspects still detained in the facility, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
Pressure from Republicans and concern about relocating terrorism suspects to U.S. soil led the Democrats to remove the funding, part of the emergency Iraq and Afghanistan spending moving through the Senate.The Washington Post reported. The bill cleared the House last week without funding for the Guantanamo shutdown.
"Guantanamo makes us less safe," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada told a news conference. "However, this is neither the time nor the bill to deal with this. Democrats under no circumstances will move forward without a comprehensive, responsible plan from the president. We will never allow terrorists to be released into the United States."
My thing about these detainees is this, we have mass murders, pedophiles, domestic terrorists, mentally criminally insane folk, gang bangers, drug lords, right here in the United States of America and guess what? They are all on lock down. When was the last time you saw Charles Manson walking around here? Was Timothy McVeigh at your local gas station before he was executed? The answer is NO.
Let me be clear here. One damn good thing that the United States of America does well is lock folks up in maximum security prisons and they don't break out. We have more prisons than any other country, we are experts at this. So the Democrats broke down, again, by the scare tactics of the Republicans? Example, listen to Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) on morning joe:
Did you get all that?
One word for the Democrats: inexcusable.
Guantanamo Bay is the one place where the international community have taken issue with us. Those images of torture coming out of that place have killed our international standing. The movement by Barack Obama to start moving these prisoners and closing Gitmo got standing ovation worldwide. Now, the Democrats who are the majority in the congress strips the money from the bill?
Cross-posted @ Daily Kos