John Boehner Wigs Out and Calls Obama Lawless For Trying to Close Illegal GITMO Prison

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In a statement filled with hypocrisy, Speaker of the House John Boehner called Obama lawless because the president is looking at options for closing GITMO.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Obama is exploring his options for closing GITMO without congressional approval.

Rep. John Boehner responded to this news by saying,

An overwhelming majority of the American people and bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate oppose importing the terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay into the United States, yet the White House continues to move forward with its plan. Even as Islamic jihadists are beheading Americans, the White House is so eager to bring these terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to the United States that it is examining ways to thwart Congress and unilaterally re-write the law. Not only is this scheme dangerous, it is yet another example of what will be this administration’s legacy of lawlessness.

While Republicans stand united against this ploy, each and every Democrat should make their position known. Do they support the president’s maneuver to override a bipartisan law, thumb his nose at the American people and the Constitution, and bring these terrorists to U.S. soil? Or do they stand with the American people and oppose this dangerous plan? House Republicans have kept our Pledge to America to keep these terrorists out of the United States, and we will do everything within our power to keep our pledge and hold the administration accountable.

The irony is that Boehner criticized Obama for trying to close a prison that is illegal. The Bush administration intentionally designed GITMO to skirt US and international law. In Republican logic, President Obama is lawless because he is trying to follow the law.

Obama has tried on a yearly basis to close GITMO, but he has been consistently blocked by Democrats and Republicans in Congress who refuse to provide the funding that is required in order to close the prison and move the prisoners.

Congress stepped up their efforts to keep the secret prison open by passing laws that prohibited President Obama from bringing prisoners to the United States for trial. The fact that many people don’t understand is that it is the Pentagon that makes the final decision on detainee transfer, not Obama. So far, the Pentagon has slowed walked the president’s requests for more detainee transfers.

Republicans in Congress are the main reason why GITMO has remained open. The president is squeezed by a congress that refuses to close the prison, and the Pentagon bureaucracy that is doing whatever it pleases.

Given these obstacles, it is no wonder the president is looking for ways to close GITMO on his own. Boehner’s conclusion that Obama is lawless for trying to uphold the law would be funny if it weren’t so typical of the Republican treatment of this president.

20 Replies to “John Boehner Wigs Out and Calls Obama Lawless For Trying to Close Illegal GITMO Prison”

  1. Then your drunkenness call your teahadist back to Washington and debate the issue along with other issues that you run to fox and cry that they are important. That is what we are paying you for

  2. When did Americans become such cowards that we’re afraid to keep a handful of aging Muslims in prisons on the mainland?

  3. Boehner’s just doing the peoples business.. Wipe Diape Flush and close the lid… Isn’t enough .. enough?? 4 years and we are still waiting for Congress to act like Congress.. Get to work or get out..

  4. Oh my! GITMO should have never been opened and allowed to be operational. What a black eye this is for the American people. Yet, here’s one Republican head honcho calling our President lawless for wanting to close an entity that is illegal according to our own laws. The bizarre world of modern day Republicanism is beyond understanding. Close GITMO now. Let them throw a temper tantrum, something they will do regardless.

  5. This is pot calling kettle black. It seems like half of the GOP is being investigated for ethics violations, voter fraud, and corruption of some kind of another. What nerve!

  6. President Obama should find a way to close GITMO. Repigs will wail and America will cheer.

    The Drunkard of the House is shameless. His lies are so blatant they just make me ill.

  7. The Bagger ‘fraidy cats’ are ridiculous.
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    America has the highest incarceration rate in the WORLD. Prisons for profit.

    Trying these people quietly in Federal Court and getting convictions would help our reputation in the world. Terrorists trials happen all the time in NYC, convictions announced and not a peep out of Boehner or any Repig. It is all propaganda. GITMO is one of America’s big scars in humanitarian treatment of others. Habeas Corpus

    If anyone has a doubt about our Super Max escape rate, it is 0%.

  8. If anyone has a doubt about our Super Max escape rate, it is 0%.
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    That’s just not good enough dammit

  9. Here in America, we got the KKK, Crips, Bloods, Aryan Nation, all doing time in the slammer as domestic terrorists.

    When will our country stop being so scared of a bunch of ragtag soldiers they picked up off the battlefield???

  10. Bring them to New York, we have prosecuted some already and are not afraid of housing them here with the best police force in the country. At the same time we would be glad to house Boehner also if he wishes

  11. As much as we will want that gulag close it aint happening. Americans are stupid and if it would happen middle I mean rural white Americans would go ape shit because as much as try to explain to them you just can’t behead Americans from inside a f*cking supermax prison. But it’s futile Americans just can’t understand that these prisoners lack superpowers.

  12. President Obama is correct about GITMO…..it is known, that some of those supposed, deadly terrorist, are the political nemesis of Saudi land and other Arabs countries, that want some of those people held, punished or whatever, done by the US. Because if those countries picked up those peoples, themselves, they would have some serious reprecussions and deadly political backlashes in so-called their imagined kingdoms.

    So….let America house these people and take all of the heat. That means, some rightwingers are getting a lot of money, for this to happen. Never mind what happens to America. Ever wonder why no one knows who is being held and for what? It is not because they are or were terrorists against the US.

    I truly believe that this so called ISIS is the start of things to come and they aren’t going to be pretty. We..as Americans, will have to suffer the consequences, because of a couple of rightwing pigs getting rich, beyond anyones understanding or mental conception of r…

  13. Sen. Roberts has his Emperor Palpatine moment, GOP becomes evil Empire

    “I stopped him once from trying to send the Gitmo terrorists to Leavenworth” prison in Kansas, Roberts said during an event in Topeka, according to Roll Call. “I shall do it again, I shall do it again and if he tries it I will shut down the Senate.” (Source: CNN)

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