THE ONE gets another rude awakening.
Stymied by Congress so far, the White House is considering issuing an executive order to indefinitely imprison a small number of Guantanamo Bay detainees considered too dangerous to prosecute or release, two administration officials said Friday.
No final decisions have been made about the order, which would be the third major mandate by President Barack Obama to deal with how the United States treats and prosecutes terror detainees.
One of the officials said the order, if issued, would not take effect until after the Oct. 1 start of the upcoming 2010 fiscal year. Already, Congress has blocked the administration from spending any money this year to imprison the detainees in the United States.
The administration also is considering asking Congress to pass new laws that would allow the indefinite detentions, the official said.
Both of the officials spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the still-tentative issue publicly. The possibility of an executive order was first reported by ProPublica and The Washington Post.
“A number of options are being considered,” said one of the officials.
……The Senate Armed Services Committee just completed work on its FY-2010 defense authorization bill. It was silent on the matter of indefinite detentions, according to a Senate aide familiar with the bill.
Without legislative backing, an executive order is the only route Obama has to get the needed authority.
The order also would only apply to current detainees at Guantanamo — and not ones caught and held in future counterinsurgent battles.
There are 229 detainees currently being held at Guantanamo. Several have been transferred to United States for prosecution, while others have been sent to foreign nations. The Obama administration is trying to relocate as many as 100 Yemeni detainees to Saudi Arabia for rehabilitation.
Obama said last month he was looking at continued imprisonment for a small number of Guantanamo detainees whom he described as too dangerous to release. He called it “the toughest issue we will face.”
“I am not going to release individuals who endanger the American people,” Obama said during a May 21 speech at the National Archives. “Al-Qaida terrorists and their affiliates are at war with the United States, and those that we capture — like other prisoners of war — must be prevented from attacking us again.”
It’s not as easy as you thought, is it Obama? No European country wants them. You’ve resorted to sneaking them into British Islands, and some of them don’t even want to go. Instead of apologizing to the worlds despots, give a hat tip to George W. Bush for having the temerity to use GITMO as storage for Islamic terrorist cutthroats. And while you’re at it, tell him he was right.