Lippold: Close the gates at Gitmo

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Gitmo signA military analyst says the outgoing U.S. president is endangering Americans by emptying Islamic terrorists from Guantanamo Bay. 

"The fact that even one American will die at their hands, I think, is an unacceptable compromise when you're at state of war with radical Islamic terrorists," remarks Kirk Lippold, the retired U.S. Navy commander who commanded the USS Cole when it was attacked by terrorists in 2000.

President Obama is releasing more Gitmo prisoners at the same time U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (Republican-CA) alerted him to an intelligence report warning that prisoners are being transported to countries ill-equipped to keep them from the battlefield.

The congressman didn't name the country but detainees have been sent to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, among other destinations, recently.

The detainee population is down to 55 after four transfers to Saudi Arabia and a bomb-making expert was sent to Bosnia in recent days, The Washington Times reported in a Jan. 10 story. 

Citing the "troubling new report," the congressman is asking Obama to stop any more transfers but the outgoing Commander in Chief is expected to keep shipping them off in his final days in office.

"In light of this dangerous revelation," the congressman wrote, according to The Washington Times, "I again ask that you immediately halt all transfers from Guantanamo Bay and take steps to secure former detainees who pose a threat to U.S. national security.”

The opinion of the American people, Lippold says, it to keep the terrorists behind the barbed wire at Gitmo.

"And I think President-elect Trump should just make it very clear to all these countries that are getting ready to accept these detainees, Do not do so or there will be consequences," he says.

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