Obama continues back-door action with release of suspected terrorist

Yesterday I watched President Barack Hussein Obama give his one-and-half hour post-election press conference. If I were his advisor, I probably would have recommended against it.

It was a rambling sort of event with no real direction and included countless false statements – such as regarding immigration reform. He said it was a goal of his first term, but Republicans kept him from achieving it. But in the first two years of his first term, President Obama had a filibuster proof majority — which he used to ram through legislation like Obamacare and Dodd-Frank. He could have done the same with immigration reform.

I must admit, there was a part of me who felt bad for Obama — as someone who seems unable to accept responsibility for anything. I even went back and watched Bill Clinton after the 1994 midterm debacle he suffered and even he took immediate responsibility as the president. I’m trying to understand what Obama meant when he said, “The two-thirds of you who did not vote, I hear your voice as well.” I guess Obama wasn’t pleased that droves didn’t come out in support of his fundamental transformation of America.

The problem that President Obama fails to understand is that he is seen as just another politician — no different from any other. Also, it’s amazing that he continues to speak of Washington DC as if it’s an entity completely detached from his existence.

However, my slight pity dissolved as I read about another one of those backdoor actions we, the people find out after the fact.

As reported by The Blaze, “The Defense Department on Wednesday announced it has released a suspected terrorist from facilities in Guatanamo Bay, and said the move fits with the Obama administration’s broader plan to close those facilities. According to the department, an interagency review board found that the prisoner, Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda, does not pose a “significant threat” to the United States. As a result, he will be transferred to the government of Kuwait, which the Defense Department thanked for helping it to close down Guantanamo Bay.”

I would hope this transfer was coordinated with Members of Congress — funny that it happened the day after the midterm elections. This fella may not seem to pose a “significant threat,” but how many other released detainees met the same assessment after which we find them returning to the battlefield?

According to The Blaze, “The Defense Department said it and the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, as well as the Director of National Intelligence, found that Al Awda no longer needed to be detained. The administration has long sought to close the facilities, which Democrats believe only foster more terrorist acts against the United States. Obama is known to be pushing for its closure in the last two years of his presidency.”

Those of you who would say Mr. Al Awda was never charged, well, he is an unlawful enemy combatant and a non-state, non-uniformed belligerent captured on the battlefield. This is not a police action but a combat operation.

You see, once again the Constitution is clear about the delineation of duties on this matter. Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 enumerates the power to “make rules concerning captures on land and water.” The main issue of the 2014 midterm election cycle was about a president who shows no regard for the rule of law or the concept of coequal branches of government or separation of powers.

And so the voices of America cried out to say we need to have a legislative branch that will stand up to the executive and end the unlawful usurpation of powers and authority which is not granted to the latter.

And that concern was validated today as President Obama spoke of taking executive action on the issue of illegal immigration. He professed that he would take his own action and if the new GOP House and Senate sent him legislation that he approved, he would lift his edict.

Ladies and gents, that is not how it works in a Constitutional Republic. As it stands right now, Obama’s legacy will be right up there with King George III — many of Thomas Jefferson’s grievances written in the Declaration of Independence apply to the Obama administration — such as “He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended legislation” or how about “For imposing Taxes on us without our consent”. And of course for Jefferson, it was all about the “consent of the governed” relating to John Locke’s social contract theory.

The lesson of the midterm election was that Americans wanted a bulwark against an uber executive branch and a president who seems to believe that having his way validates his actions — after all back during the sit down meeting on the stimulus package early in 2009, Obama quipped to the minority GOP members, “I won.”

Funny, ever notice how you never heard the word “compromise” in those first two years of the Obama administration?

34 COMMENTS

  1. Obama should be arrested by the military as a spy, a foriegn agent. Had he been a legitimate President, he should have been arrested for treason by the military.

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  2. he has until January to try and do all the damage he was planning for the last 2 years of his presidency. IF this man joins ISIS and he kills our people I think Pres. Obama should be brought up on treason charges for aiding the enemy.

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  3. After historic losses
    , Obama remains defiant and states he will go it alone and rule by executive action, ignoring republicans. This man thinks he’s a dictator..

    A delusional, narcissistic, failure, an enemy of the state.. It’s long past time time for psychiatric help.

  4. As someone who actively opposes basic principles of constitutional democracy (rule of law, due process, and the right to habeas corpus) perhaps we should subject Mr West to perpetual detention, as a suspected threat to core American values.

    • You actively oppose the basic principles of constitutional democracy, rule of law, due process and the right to habeas corpus???

      Wow, don’t be afraid to say what you actually think.

  5. And where is he releasing them to? This one looks like an American Jihadist so is he now somewhere on the loose in NYC and free to decapitate women on the subway ???????

  6. I was wondering how long it would take before Allen (rob these loons blind ) west post something about a muslim….that didn’t take long

  7. Why does every post by West start with a lie?

    Here’s what he wrote:

    || But in the first two years of his first term, President Obama had a filibuster proof majority — which he used to ram through legislation like Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.||

    A filibuster proof majority is defined as having more than enough votes to evoke cloture. Under the current rule, cloture takes sixty votes in the Senate.

    See https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Filibuster_Cloture.htm

    Obama did not have the sixty votes in the Senate to evoke cloture for two years. Even with the caucusing of two independent Senators, Obama had 60 votes he hoped to count on for only two brief periods during those two years.

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111th_United_States_Congress

    Further, (D) are not as well whipped as the (R) and claiming that Obama controlled the vote of any (D) or (I) senator is to claim a fresh lie.

    This is all public record.

    West either doesn’t know the truth, or he respects you so little that he doesn’t think you can find the truth. I’d be happy just to get through a West article that didn’t start out with a big fat stinking lie.

  8. West clearly does not understand the Captures Clause of the US Constitution.

    Here’s what he wrote:

    “You see, once again the Constitution is clear about the delineation of duties on this matter. Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 enumerates the power to “make rules concerning captures on land and water.”

    You see, of course, that the Captures clause only applies to property, not people. Any first year law student knows that.

    Here’s what the conservative Heritage Foundation has to say about it:

    || Under the Captures Clause, Congress has the power to make rules for the confiscation, disposition, and distribution of captured enemy property. Although nothing in the text of the clause precludes its application to captures of enemy persons, it has never been so applied by either courts or Congress. ||

    Please read the full article http://www.heritage.org/constitution/#!/articles/1/essays/51/captures-clause

    Some chuckle-heads like West like to hold onto that line of the Heritage analysis – it’s a misplaced reliance. That line simply means that nothing in the Clause says it doesn’t apply to people, and that’s because Captures, at the time the Constitution was written, meant only property. Original Intent anyone?

    The foundation continues:

    || the term captures, as understood by the Framers of the Constitution, includes only enemy property. The term could not include captured enemy soldiers, as persons can neither be “divided” nor “appropriated.” This approach is bolstered by the fact that the term capture was understood under international law, as listed in Bouvier’s Law Dictionary (1914), as “the taking of property by one belligerent from another or from an offending neutral.” ||

    Since the clause was written, it has never, ever, ever been used to include people. West is advocating a radical interpretation that no court has ever accepted, and then he’s whining that Obama is a crook because Obama is following the law as it stands, not as West wished it stood.

    In simpler terms: West lied to you. The Constitution does not give power over prisoners of war to Congress. Period.

      • The point here is that West takes in more than $4 million in donations on the premise that he’s a thought-leader in conservative politics. Turns out he’s a joke, a fraud really.

        Either he didn’t know what five minutes of Internet research could have taught him or he just didn’t care enough about the truth to actually, well, tell it.

        This “Captures Clause” nonsense of his is so basic, so elementary. I feel embarrassed for West. And this isn’t the first time he’s been caught lying about the US Constitution. It’s really disgraceful — yet you don’t seem to care one bit about the lies he’s peddling. Why is that? Why does the truth mean so little to you? Why don’t you share my love for the US Constitution?

      • The president has, under the executive war powers. We’ve had wars before, ya know, and this issue has come up before. The president executes the war that Congress declares.

        I appreciate that you’re butthurt that West has been proven to be a serial liar, that his Constitutional claims are radical nonsense, but you can either get over that and start to live in the real world, or you can keep finding ways to apologize for a man you know is a charlatan. Up to you.

      • Executive power has nothing to do with dictatorial powers, why do you hate the founding fathers so much.

        This is basic constitutional law – why do you hate the Supreme Court so much?

        Learn a bit about American civics, life here in the USA will seem a lot less frightening.

      • [[ The point here is that West takes in more than $4 million in donations on the premise that he’s a thought-leader in conservative politics. Turns out he’s a joke, a fraud really]]

        Whatsamatta RedAzz? You don’t like seeing any other black man make a buck besides Obama? How much has Obama made in 6 years thanks to his presidency? Turns out he’s a joke, a fraud really

  9. I hope the actions of the Senate and the House are not going to be governed strictly with the 2016 election in mind, and how their actions will be perceived by future voters. They need to get in there & fight the good fight right now while they have the chance. That’s what WE THE PEOPLE gave them this opportunity to do. Obama does not negotiate and will not betray his fellow liberal idealogues. If Obama vetoes everything – they need to publish these results and expose him for the spineless leader that he is. I’m afraid he’ll use the strategy of “executive order blackmail” over them. If they produce some form of Amnesty that’s to his liking, then he won’t use executive order. Otherwise, he will go out on his own, with his pen and his phone. Our Constitution was written to protect us from these type of tyrants. Guess we’ll soon see what our GOP elected officials are really made of. WE THE PEOPLE are watching.

  10. Funny how our “friends” in the Middle East always accept these vermin with open arms and celebratory festivities, isn’t it, Red Joe?

  11. When Obama wins an election, proof of a mandate to ignore those with whom he disagrees.

    When Obama gets tsunamied, he counts the two thirds of the electorate who stayed home as his mandate.

    Win-Win. TyrannoBama Rex.

    • When Obama wins an election, its because of voter fraud.

      When Obama gets tsunamied, it’s because of a national rejection of his policies.

      Win-Win wingnut.

  12. One would think that Congress would have gotten the message by now to invoke U.S .v. Verdugo-Urquidez to house the remaining inmates stateside and then deny them any rights. There are mothballed maximum-security prisons that can be used for this. The next bill that blocks funds for the closing of Gitmo is likely to be vetoed, even if it means that troops don’t get paid.

  13. bHo needs to be reminded that 4 million repubs didn’t vote in ’12 – he’s lucky to be in the oval office – is he going to think about them??? he’s not going to think about anyone, but himself and his so-called legacy of fundamentally changing this country into a third world dictatorship…

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