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High-Ranking Republicans: President Obama Violated Law with Prisoner Exchange

Posted by on Jun. 1, 2014 at 9:13 PM
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High-Ranking Republicans: President Obama Violated Law with Prisoner Exchange

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers said President Barack Obama violated U.S. laws when he approved the exchange of an American soldier believed held by Islamist insurgents for five years for five Afghan detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon of California and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma said Saturday in a statement that Obama is required by law to notify Congress 30 days before any transfer of terrorists from the U.S. detention facility.

High Ranking Republicans: President Obama Violated Law with Prisoner Exchange

This March 14, 2014 file photo shows House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., joined at left by Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, listening to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Image source: AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

McKeon is the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Inhofe is the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

High Ranking Republicans: President Obama Violated Law with Prisoner Exchange

Senator James Inhofe, R-OK, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, speaks during a hearing (Image source: AFP/Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

In response, the White House says that officials considered what they called “unique and exigent circumstances” and decided to go ahead with the transfer despite the legal requirement.

Lawmakers weren’t notified of the Guantanamo detainees’ transfer until after it occurred, according to the Washington Post.

More from the Post:

A senior administration official, agreeing to speak on the condition of anonymity to explain the timing of the congressional notification, acknowledged that the law was not followed. When he signed the law last year, Obama issued a signing statement contending that the notification requirement was an unconstitutional infringement on his powers as commander in chief and that he therefore could override it.

“Due to a near-term opportunity to save Sergeant Bergdahl’s life, we moved as quickly as possible,” the official said, the Post noted. “The administration determined that given these unique and exigent circumstances, such a transfer should go forward notwithstanding the notice requirement.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that the detainees transferred from Guantanamo to Qatar, where they are to stay for at least a year, the Post added, “are hardened terrorists who have the blood of Americans and countless Afghans on their hands. I am eager to learn what precise steps are being taken to ensure that these vicious and violent Taliban extremists never return to the fight against the United States and our partners or engage in any activities that can threaten the prospects for peace and security in Afghanistan.”

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Donna6503
by Silver Member on Jun. 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM
For those who believe we should follow the original intent of the US Constitution ... Obama is correct.

The running of the war, is firmly established with the Commander-in-Chief
RosaRosa
by on Jun. 1, 2014 at 9:21 PM

I don't think the man's family cares.  

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jun. 2, 2014 at 7:43 AM
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 Probably not.

How about the next 10 soldiers families whose loved one is taken because the emboldened terrorists know that we are weak and will now negotiate with terrorists?

Think they care?

Quoting RosaRosa:

I don't think the man's family cares.  

 

denise3680
by Gold Member on Jun. 2, 2014 at 7:50 AM

 on what planet do you live on saying that our military is weak.  this is an insult to our military men and women.  We got one of our own back from being a prisoner of war.  What needed to be done was done.

Quoting Billiejeens:

 Probably not.

How about the next 10 soldiers families whose loved one is taken because the emboldened terrorists know that we are weak and will now negotiate with terrorists?

Think they care?

Quoting RosaRosa:

I don't think the man's family cares.  

 

 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jun. 2, 2014 at 7:51 AM
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 Our commander in chief is weak.

Quoting denise3680:

 on what planet do you live on saying that our military is weak.  this is an insult to our military men and women.  We got one of our own back from being a prisoner of war.  What needed to be done was done.

Quoting Billiejeens:

 Probably not.

How about the next 10 soldiers families whose loved one is taken because the emboldened terrorists know that we are weak and will now negotiate with terrorists?

Think they care?

Quoting RosaRosa:

I don't think the man's family cares.  

 

 

 

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Jun. 2, 2014 at 7:59 AM
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Quoting Billiejeens:

 Probably not.

How about the next 10 soldiers families whose loved one is taken because the emboldened terrorists know that we are weak and will now negotiate with terrorists?

Think they care?

Quoting RosaRosa:

I don't think the man's family cares.  


You're right on spot Billie..  Funny how some things matter to this administration and some don't..remember the WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?  Makes me wonder how we lost 4 people in Benhazi and yet just gave up 5 deadly terrorist.. What's up is down and what's down is up.

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Jun. 2, 2014 at 8:01 AM
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Quoting Billiejeens:

 Our commander in chief is weak.

Quoting denise3680:

 on what planet do you live on saying that our military is weak.  this is an insult to our military men and women.  We got one of our own back from being a prisoner of war.  What needed to be done was done.

Quoting Billiejeens:

 Probably not.

How about the next 10 soldiers families whose loved one is taken because the emboldened terrorists know that we are weak and will now negotiate with terrorists?

Think they care?

Quoting RosaRosa:

I don't think the man's family cares.  




If that isn't the truth..just ask Putin..he's probably still getting a giggle at of all the red lines Obama has drawn.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jun. 2, 2014 at 8:02 AM

 

Quoting Ednarooni160:

 

Quoting Billiejeens:

 Probably not.

How about the next 10 soldiers families whose loved one is taken because the emboldened terrorists know that we are weak and will now negotiate with terrorists?

Think they care?

Quoting RosaRosa:

I don't think the man's family cares.  

 

You're right on spot Billie..  Funny how some things matter to this administration and some don't..remember the WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?  Makes me wonder how we lost 4 people in Benhazi and yet just gave up 5 deadly terrorist.. What's up is down and what's down is up.

We have a military person in a Mexican Jail that we could retrieve with one phone call, yet we leave him behind.

 

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Jun. 2, 2014 at 8:05 AM


Quoting Billiejeens:


Quoting Ednarooni160:


Quoting Billiejeens:

 Probably not.

How about the next 10 soldiers families whose loved one is taken because the emboldened terrorists know that we are weak and will now negotiate with terrorists?

Think they care?

Quoting RosaRosa:

I don't think the man's family cares.  


You're right on spot Billie..  Funny how some things matter to this administration and some don't..remember the WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?  Makes me wonder how we lost 4 people in Benhazi and yet just gave up 5 deadly terrorist.. What's up is down and what's down is up.

We have a military person in a Mexican Jail that we could retrieve with one phone call, yet we leave him behind.


Exactly...what's  UP WITH THAT????   Well..maybe if they ask for an exchange of deadly terrorist, Obama will give it some consideration..

denise3680
by Gold Member on Jun. 2, 2014 at 8:13 AM

 in this matter how so?  and what would you have done differently?

Quoting Billiejeens:

 Our commander in chief is weak.

Quoting denise3680:

 on what planet do you live on saying that our military is weak.  this is an insult to our military men and women.  We got one of our own back from being a prisoner of war.  What needed to be done was done.

Quoting Billiejeens:

 Probably not.

How about the next 10 soldiers families whose loved one is taken because the emboldened terrorists know that we are weak and will now negotiate with terrorists?

Think they care?

Quoting RosaRosa:

I don't think the man's family cares.  

 

 

 

 

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