- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 18, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

One of the primary items on President-elect Barack Obama’s agenda is the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (“President warns against releasing Gitmo detainees.”) That would be a huge mistake from the start and would create enormous problems in the war against terror.

To close this safe prison, which now houses over 250 al Qaeda terrorists and enemy combatants, would be a grave error and would endanger the security of the U.S. homeland. Closing Gitmo will only risk more American deaths at home. These terrorists and criminals interned at Guantanamo are the most dangerous criminals this country has ever had to deal with. Guantanamo provides a safe and sure way that these terrorists and al Qaeda fighters can be imprisoned.

To bring these dangerous terrorists to the United States and intern them at federal penitentiaries would be a bad idea and would not make the homeland any safer. There would always be a chance of a breakout or escape. I urge the president, the Pentagon and Congress not to close Guantanamo and to keep it operational to confine these enemy combatants and terrorists. To close it would be a grave mistake.

AL EISNER

Wheaton


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