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Close Guantanamo Bay then Reopen Alcatraz!!!

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Pelosi Shrugs off Alcatraz as Possible Terror Detention Facility

Republicans opposing an Obama administration order to close Guantanamo Bay prison facility within a year suggest sending terror detainees to House Speaker Pelosi’s district.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday shrugged off Republican suggestions that the federal government reopen Alcatraz prison in her San Francisco district to house detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

President Obama this week signed an executive order calling for the closure of the prison at Guantanamo within the year. Republican Rep. Bill Young then suggested to White House counsel Greg Craig that the prisoners who could not be released back to their home countries or sent to a third country be put up in “the Rock,” the famous military installation and prison that closed down in 1963 and is now part of the National Park Service.

Asked whether that was a serious proposal, Pelosi said, “It is — no.”

“Perhaps he’s not visited Alcatraz,” Pelosi said of Young while displaying little sense of humor. “Alcatraz is a tourist attraction. It’s a prison that is now sort of like a — it’s a national park.”

That explanation didn’t stop House Minority Leader John Boehner from repeating the suggestion on Sunday, making that point that closing down Guantanamo by year’s end may not be the best plan considering the recidivism rate of terrorist detainees is about 12 percent.

“If liberals believe they ought to go, maybe we ought to open Alcatraz,” Boehner, R-Ohio, told NBC “Meet the Press.” Being reminded that Alcatraz is a national park, Boehner responded, “It’s very secure.”

The argument is just the latest iteration in an ongoing dispute over what to do with the remaining 245 enemy combatants who were to be tried in military commissions until a stay was ordered by the president last week in one of his first official acts.

Boehner said the promise to close Guantanamo by year’s end is impractical.

“Unilaterally saying it without knowing how were going to deal with them…keeps a campaign promise, but may be irresponsible,” he said.

But Pelosi called the plan to use the next year to review the case of each detainee is “brilliant.”

“What the president put forth was very wise. He said he’s going to close Guantanamo, take the time to do it. You can’t just go down there today and say, ‘Everybody out,’ and lock the door. They’re going to review the cases, narrow it down and then go from there. … It’s brilliant,” she said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Vice President Biden, speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said the prison must be closed because the symbolism of Guantanamo around the world has resulted in the growth of terrorist organizations, not their reduction.

“There’s no question it has to be closed. And we don’t think it’s inconsistent to deal with our national security and our Constitution. … That’s why we have the White House counsel — Mr. Craig is now going through this meticulously, deciding what we’re going to do with each and every prisoner,” he said.

Biden added that if the detainees went through the civilian court system and were somehow released, they still would not be sent out into the United States because all but one is an American citizen

“If they are not a U.S. citizen or if they are not here legally, then, even if they were released by a federal judge, they would not be able to stay here in the United States. They would be sent back to their country of origin. They would not stay here,” Biden said.

“They have no legal status to stay here, I don’t anticipate that happening. What I anticipate happening is that those people who are in a situation where it is either the evidence is in question or it’s going to be hard to make a case, we will most likely be rendering them back to their countries of origin or another country,” he continued, adding that some countries have already agreed to establish prison facilities for the detainees.

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Jason R. Bootie

Club Gitmo and Eric Holder’s Law Firm!!

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Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder is a partner @ Covington & Burling LLP, which just so happens is the same law firm that:

The firm represents 17 Yemeni nationals and one Pakistani citizen held at Guantánamo Bay.  The Supreme Court will soon review the D.C. Circuit’s ruling that ordered the dismissal of a number of habeas petitions filed by Guantánamo detainees; some of our clients are petitioners in the Supreme Court case.  We expect to play a substantial role in the briefing.  We also plan to petition the Supreme Court to hear our Pakistani client’s appeal from the D.C. Circuit’s order dismissing his case.  Further, we are pursuing relief in the D.C. Circuit under the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 for all of our clients.  On a separate front, we filed amicus briefs and coordinated the amicus effort in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in which the Supreme Court in the summer of 2006 invalidated President Bush’s military commissions and in which we have obtained favorable rulings that our clients have rights under the Fifth Amendment and the Geneva Conventions.

Yes that says Yemeni Nationals, and what did we find out Fri. about a former Guantánamo detainee?

Report: Ex-Gitmo detainee joins al-Qaida in Yemen

A Saudi man released from Guantanamo after spending nearly six years inside the U.S. prison camp is now the No. 2 of Yemen‘s al-Qaida branch, according to a purported Internet statement from the terror network.

Well I wonder if they will continue to help free the terrorists who go right back to the fights?

More on this over @ MichelleMalkin.com

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Jason R. Bootie

Warning of new bin Laden attack

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Warning of new bin Laden attack

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God Help us all and this amazing country when the next attack happens!

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Jason R. Bootie

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November 12, 2008 at 2:46 AM

President Bush a hero for Iraqi’s??

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What?  Hold up a minute, you mean Iraqi’s do actually like American’s and President Bush?  Wow has anyone asked the MSM and the Liberals if they heard or read this article?  If not we better give them a heads up, so they can start attacking this brave Iraqi who risked his life for our troops, by becoming a translator.

‘Most Iraqi People Say President Bush Is a Hero,’ Immigrant Says

By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer

(CNSNews.com) – Benny Aldosakee left Iraq five months ago, after getting special immigration status through a federal law that allows some translators who worked with the United States in Iraq or Afghanistan to come to America.

Aldosakee said that most Iraqis are grateful to President Bush and the U.S. military for removing dictator Saddam Hussein and that the many in the major media, here and abroad, are misinforming people about Iraq and the Middle East.

Aldosakee’s journey from his hometown of Dahuk in northern Iraq to his home today in Elizabethtown, N.C., where he is working on a congressional campaign, reveals a portrait of Iraq and its people not often on view to Americans.

Aldosakee said before the U.S. led invasion of Iraq, he and his family were resigned to live their lives under Saddam Hussein’s rule.

“Because we couldn’t even dream that one day in our lives that Saddam Hussein would be removed from his power,” Aldosakee, 28, told CNSNews.com. “And President Bush did it within a month.”

Aldosakee said that fact alone has shaped the opinion of the majority of his countrymen.

“Most people in Iraq say President Bush is a hero,” said Aldosakee, who was on Capitol Hill earlier this month for a campaign event for Will Breazeale, a congressional candidate in North Carolina’s 7th district.

And Aldosakee, a Sunni Muslim, said that sentiment includes Shia Muslims and the Kurdish people in Iraq.

“All of us,” he said.

For Aldosakee, the fall of Saddam Hussein inspired him to stand up for his own convictions. In 2005, Aldosakee ran a small Internet café, a business he said was successful. Before that, he had worked for a number of years for the United Nations in Iraq, where he honed his English skills. Then he was offered a different kind of job.

“One day an Iraqi general was looking for (someone) to actually translate between him and (the) American forces,” Aldosakee told CNSNews.com. “He couldn’t find anybody, because everyone was scared. They were afraid to go and work for the military. So he asked me to go with him. I went back home, and I told my parents.”

In Iraq, Aldosakee explained, even a grown man has to ask his parents’ permission when making a life-changing decision. His parents were against his plan. But Aldosakee asked his father if he could explain why he wanted to work as a translator for the U.S. military.

“I said, ‘Dad, who do you think I’m going to work for?’ He said, ‘Americans.’ I said, “Who are those Americans?’ He said, ‘Americans are Americans.’ I said, ‘No, they are not only Americans. They are those people who sacrificed themselves, their blood, and they left their kids behind, they left their country – the greatest country in the world – and came here to give me freedom,  so why shouldn’t I go help them to free my people?’ So my father looked at me and said, ‘Go, son. Go.'”

“That was an amazing day for me,” said Aldosakee.

Aldosakee’s assignment involved working with a military transition team, which is a team of U.S. military in charge of training the Iraqi army. That is how he met Will Breazeale, a three-time combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Kuwait. In 2006, Breazeale was deployed to Iraq as an army reservist who advised an Iraqi division headquarters company commander.

For one year, Aldosakee worked as a translator with Breazeale, a working relationship that led to mutual respect and friendship.

Breazeale was a witness to Aldosakee’s good work and character, which helped him to come to the United States with special immigrant status.

Aldosakee said he had no idea what he would find in America.

“I have met thousands of people,” Aldosakee said. “I have found out that the American people are the most wonderful people on this planet. I did not know that before because we don’t know anything about America. We only see bad things about America.”

Aldosakee blames the media in both countries for any ill-will that exists between his people and Americans, adding that Al Jazeera is the main source of news in his country.

“What they show us in our country is only things that are against my religion,” he said. “I’ll give you an example. In California right now there is a law that gay marriage is allowed. In my country it is totally against the law, and it is totally against my religion. So people hate those people who make the law.

“The government is the one (that) makes the law, so we say all of American government is corrupted,” he added.

“The media gives Iraqi a terrible picture of American people, and the media gives you guys a terrible picture of the Iraqi people,” he said.

Aside from his campaign work, Aldosakee is also studying to earn his high school diploma. He said he has no plans to go back to Iraq.

“I am staying forever,” he said.

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Jason R.Bootie

Written by truthtracker

October 3, 2008 at 11:34 AM

Where are the heart warming stories from Iraq?

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Lately we have seen few if any stories from our “Newsworthy” MSM, and we all know the reasons for that. First, the majority of the media are so far in the liberals pockets it is not even funny.  They wouldn’t dare print anything positive from the War On Terror.  Another reason for not printing stories, is that most of the MSM only think negativity sells, and seeing as how there has been little negativity going on in Iraq, the war has almost become back page material.

Now on occasion we have the privilege of hearing about the successes going on over in Iraq.  We hear about all the incredible things our brave men and women are doing over in Iraq and Afghanistan.  There are however, no where near enough of these tear jerking, stories that get shared with the American People.  I have a friend who was over in Iraq when we 1st went in and he shared a story that made me so proud of our troops and what they go through for our freedom, and to help secure a diplomatic Iraq.

He started off explaining how he and a few other marines were under snipper fire from a group of militants, when he spotted a young child caught in the cross fire.  What do you think he did?  Nope he didn’t just ignore the child and keep shooting at the insurgents, he got the attention of a fellow marine next to him, and while the rest of his fellow brothers and sisters covered them, they took off into the middle of the crossfire to grab the young child and bring the child back to safety.

I don’t remember hearing about these heroic stories, do you?   The reason I bring this to light is because of another story I read, “Soldier helps dream come true”. A young Iraqi girl, Shahad Abbas was walking to school when a roadside bomb exploded nearby.  Two pieces of shrapnel are still lodged in her back to remind her of that day.  Her little brother, Ali, was killed.  Falcon couldn’t just walk on, so he stopped to talk.  He came back the next day and the day after that, then every day for six months, bringing her toys, gauze for her legs, a new wheelchair. Anything she asked for he would bring.   Staff Sgt. Luis Falcon and Shahad created a bond, and Sgt. Falcon made it his mission to help Shahad get a set of prosthetic limbs. Just three weeks before he’s scheduled to leave Iraq, his dream and hers came true.   Shahad was fitted with prosthetic limbs in a U.S. military-funded clinic in Baghdad.  And a few days later her mother and uncle wheeled her in to the clinic to pick up her prosthetic legs.  By that afternoon she was taking her first steps.   At first she was tentative and a little scared.

Falcon called out, “Sasha, come give me a hug.”  With a sloppy grin on her face, she took several shaky steps into his arms.

These are just a few of what I can only imagine are hundreds if not thousands of heart felt stories that our incompetent MSM are unwilling to cover.  So that leaves it up to you and I to spread these wonderful stories about so many incredible individuals.

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Jason R. Bootie

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June 6, 2008 at 4:43 AM