Saturday, July 24, 2010

Gitmo Detainees Won’t Go

I think this was one of the best stories I have read so far this year: “The Obama administration would quickly send home six Algerians held at the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but for one problem: The men don’t want to go,” The Washington Post reported on July 10. “Given the choice between repatriation and incarceration, the men choose Gitmo, according to their lawyers.”

In one of his first actions as president, Barack Obama had declared the detention center would be closed by January 2010. I guess there is now no sign it will ever close.

When Bush was president, the very name “Guantanamo” was used to criticize everything the liberals did not like about our foreign policy. Then candidate Obama described the facility as a “sad chapter in American history.” It was “a legal black hole” and “a false choice between fighting terrorism and respecting habeas corpus.”

Obama wasn’t alone. During the Bush years, the words “Guantanamo Bay” could be deployed at any time to wound the president, and the speaker never had to explain why Gitmo was bad or what he’d do to replace it.

The very idea that Guantanamo might be a decent place where the detainees prefer American custody to being repatriated is a reality that turns the joke on he president.


Other News Tidbits:

We now have a working Laser Gun, just like Buck Rogers. Take that, Captain Kirk....

For the first time, a solid-state laser has successfully destroyed a flying drone in a naval environment.The tests, performed by Raytheon with the Navy, occurred off of San Nicholas Island, Calif. over several days in late May.

Four UAVs were destroyed, according to Mike Booen, vice president of directed energy.Booen spoke with DoD Buzz in an exclusive interview at the Farnborough Air Show.

The company mounted six 5.5kw solid-state lasers with a Phalanx gun system. The radar used the Phalanx’s targeting system, Booen said. And the famous guns could be used to supplement the radar.

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