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house Bill H.R. 401

Extending the Ban on Prisoner Transfers Out of Gitmo for Two More Years

Argument in favor

People are at Guantanamo because they posed and threat, and American lives were lost to put them there. This bill ensures that only those that do not pose a threat to the U.S. government can be released from custody.

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02/23/2016
"I would leave it just the way it is, and I would probably fill it up with more people that are looking to kill us." [thehill.com]
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02/20/2016
These people are in Guantanamo for a reason. They should stay there until their threat is neutralized.
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02/19/2016
Gitmo prisoners are not US citizens. Therefore it makes sense to hold these prisoners somewhere other than the continental US. In a real war of winners and losers, I say shoot them all and move on. This is a sure way to also save money.
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Argument opposed

Guantanamo bay stands directly opposed to this country's core values. It is an institution that runs on trampled civil liberties and human rights violations. The president made a promise eight years ago — it's time to end this.

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02/23/2016
"As Americans, we have a profound commitment to justice  –  so it makes no sense to spend $3m per prisoner to keep open a prison that the world condemns and terrorists use to recruit." [theguardian.com]
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02/19/2016
The ban should be ended. This is another instance in which the Republicans agreed that GITMO should be closed. But then Obama was elected in 2008, and because GOP decided to obstruct everything Obama did, then they suddenly were against it. Keeping Gitmo open is causing more terrorism, not deterring it.
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02/19/2016
We must set the example for what it means to live in a free world.
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What is House Bill H.R. 401?

This bill seeks to improve national security by limiting the transfer and release of prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military prison for two years. Specifically, for those two years it prohibits U.S. funds from going to:
  • Build any structure in the U.S. to house anyone who has been detained at Guantanamo Bay.
  • Release anyone being held at the prison into the U.S.
  • Return any Gitmo prisoners to their country of origin.
  • Transport any prisoners to Yemen.

The bill comes with some exceptions and special provisions. Funds can be used to transport individuals if it is for court-ordered reasons. The Secretary of Defense can also waive these rules, provided that the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence can certify that:

  • The government to which they’re being transferred doesn’t support terrorists;
  • If the individual is being transferred to another prison, it’s one run by the country’s government — and that government isn’t going to lose power any time soon;
  • Both the U.S. government and the government to which the individual is being released have determined that they are not a safety risk.

The Secretary of Defense would be able to waive these requirements if verification is impossible. Waivers are also possible if security risks can be mitigated, or if it’s in U.S. security interests. They would also have to issue a report to Congress on the waiver. Preferential treatment for waivers would be given to people that have cooperated with the U.S. government.

Finally, the bill requires that the Secretary of Defense file a report that includes information on all the individuals still housed at Gitmo.

Impact

Prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, their families, U.S. forces that work at Guantanamo Bay, the government of Yemen, national security.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 401

$0.00
The CBO estimates that because the cost of bringing detention operations to the U.S. wouldn't be very different than operating Guantanamo this bill would have no net effect on the federal budget.

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Of Note: Way back in 2008, when Barack Obama was just a fiesty junior Senator from Illinois running an anti-establishment presidential campaign, he pledged to do a bunch of things, among them closing down the Guantanamo Bay prison

Now, some eight years later, President Obama has a head full of gray hair, and, much to his chagrin, Guantanamo still hasn’t been closed.

Obama has reduced the number of individuals detained at Guantanamo from 242, when he took office, to 93 as of January 2016. An additional 57 have been cleared for release.

Guantanamo inmates are also barred from entering the U.S. According to The Washington Post, government officials are working overtime to get as many people out of Guantanamo as possible before this bill or its companion (potentially) get through Congress.

But Sponsoring Rep. Walorski and her Republican colleagues, like Sen. John McCain, have other ideas. They’re still upset from when Obama transferred five prisoners out of the prison in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without consulting Congress. And there’s the fact that about three dozen people still at Guantanamo are considered too dangerous to be released. They would likely have to be placed in a supermax facility in the U.S.

In-Depth: An almost identical version of this bill, S. 165, has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). That version has made it further than this one — having passed through committee.

All of the co-sponsors of this bill are Republicans.


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Summary by James Helmsworth
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AKA

Detaining Terrorists to Protect America Act of 2015

Official Title

To extend and enhance prohibitions and limitations with respect to the transfer or release of individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and for other purposes.

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    IntroducedJanuary 16th, 2015
    "I would leave it just the way it is, and I would probably fill it up with more people that are looking to kill us." [thehill.com]
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    "As Americans, we have a profound commitment to justice  –  so it makes no sense to spend $3m per prisoner to keep open a prison that the world condemns and terrorists use to recruit." [theguardian.com]
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    The ban should be ended. This is another instance in which the Republicans agreed that GITMO should be closed. But then Obama was elected in 2008, and because GOP decided to obstruct everything Obama did, then they suddenly were against it. Keeping Gitmo open is causing more terrorism, not deterring it.
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    We must set the example for what it means to live in a free world.
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    These people are in Guantanamo for a reason. They should stay there until their threat is neutralized.
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    We've been trying to squeeze blood out of that rock for years with little to nothing to show for it. Time to put the rock down.
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    Gitmo prisoners are not US citizens. Therefore it makes sense to hold these prisoners somewhere other than the continental US. In a real war of winners and losers, I say shoot them all and move on. This is a sure way to also save money.
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    Come on. It stands against Americas principal values in so many ways!
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    These people are terrorists, they have no business being out in the real world!
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    Almost every Gitmo detainee released by Obama has violated the conditions of their release and returned to terrorism.
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    Guantanamo Bay continues to hurt us domestically and in foreign affairs. The continual operation is unconstitutional and pulling out looks good internationally as well as being good for better relations with Cuba.
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    We have been told that the detainees in Guantanamo Bay are too dangerous to be transferred onto american soil but given some of the extremely violent criminals which our jails already hold does anyone take that charge seriously? What is an Al Qaeda terrorist going to do in a Federal Maximum security facility than say a member of the Mexican Drug Cartels couldn't?
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    The inmates should be either tried consistent with due process, repatriated or transferred. Clearly any dangerous terrorist that's committed a triable offense should be charged, tried and hopefully imprisoned. I appreciate fully the safety concerns, but to the extent possible we need to abide by the rule of law.
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    This is just one huge set up for people that hate us - the Americans. Why have an area to detain them if they're probably using it is their base?
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    Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are there for a reason they are a threat to National Security of the United States and our allies. The war on global terrorism will be a generational war and if keeping them in prison saves even one life and the suffering it causes to families it is worth the cost. If you don't want to die or be caged like the animals terrorist are then don't murder innocent people or support terrorism.
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    If we are so uncomfortable with the way in which these prisoners are held that we cannot even sanction their treatment within our own borders than something is wrong. Terrorists should be treated harshly. But we should be able to do this while following US laws regarding prisoner treatment.
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    There are many people in guantanomo that were never charged with a crime. There are cases of mistaken identity and they sill haven't been released.
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    Lock them up forever or execute them. There is no other option
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    Any bill that allows gitmo to continue operating i am against- let the DOJ handle these individuals and let us show the world that we can prosecute and sentence these individuals justly with due process.
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    National security trumps the non-values of terrorists, all of whom are treated better than any prisoner in U.S. based correctional facilities.
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