Unprovoked Dangers by U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

Leavenworth St. is reprinting Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer’s weekly collumn.

Deb FischerRecently the world witnessed unimaginable terror and the threat Islamic terrorism poses to free and open societies. As the events in Paris have united the world in grief, so too must the world unite with resolve. Those responsible for planning and coordinating this horrific assault on innocent civilians must be held to account. The messages of hate and radicalism that underpin these attacks demand a global response and the strengthening of our national defenses.

This tragedy underscores the fact that we live in a dangerous world. ISIL continues to murder innocent people, Putin is positioning himself as a power broker in the Middle East, and Iran is doubling down on bad ambitions. The threats to America are very real, and they continue to grow. During this time of global turmoil, we are now facing unprovoked dangers at home.

This month, reports began circulating about President Obama’s intention to circumvent Congress and unilaterally transfer dangerous terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to our homeland.

The Pentagon is allegedly preparing a new report that will outline the options for closing Guantanamo and transferring the facility’s remaining 112 detainees to the United States. As of now, federal or military prisons in Kansas, South Carolina, and Colorado appear to be the administration’s top locations of choice.

Congress has made it clear that Guantanamo should remain open. The most recent National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets the policy and priorities for our military, included language regarding Guantanamo. Specifically, the provision would directly prohibit the transfer of detainees to this country by banning any funds from being used to prepare U.S. facilities to house detainees. This bipartisan bill already passed both the House and Senate by veto-proof majorities, and President Obama is expected to sign it. Any action by the president to close Guantanamo would violate both the law and the will of the American people as expressed by their representatives in Congress.

Supporters of closing Guantanamo argue that the facility is an easy recruiting tool for barbaric terrorist groups like ISIL. I disagree. Simply relocating terrorists to a different prison will not stop extremists who recruit terrorists by poisoning vulnerable minds with ideologies of hate and violence.

The top priority of the federal government is to provide for the common defense. Unfortunately, it appears that this administration would rather fulfill a political promise than ensure the safety and security of the American people.

As we have seen all too often, executive orders from the president have resulted in long, drawn-out battles in federal court. For example, President Obama’s actions on immigration following the 2014 election have faced multiple legal setbacks. Additionally, the implementation of the administration’s “water’s of the United States” rule, which would expand federal control over water across the country, was recently blocked by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. If the president acts in an unconstitutional manner regarding the transfer of Guantanamo detainees, his actions will likely face similar scrutiny in court.

As your voice in the U.S. Senate, I will continue to focus on my most important duty: protecting our country from all threats. I join all Nebraskans in our deep sorrow and solidarity with the people of France as they grieve and persevere through this tragedy. In the days and weeks ahead, I hope the people of France will take comfort in the prayers and aid of the American people. We are in this together.

Thank you for participating in the democratic process. I look forward to visiting with you again next week.

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32 comments

  1. Sparkles says:

    monger – monger – monger

    Number 1, Sen Fischer states:
    “Putin is positioning himself as a power broker in the Middle East..”

    Putin is playing from a weakness and all of the world’s military powers recognizes this fact. Russia’s economy, its health system and its entire social fabric are in shambles.
    California’s economy is now bigger than Russia’s.
    Putin, out of a lack of vision and an inability to truly lead a modern society, is playing war games in Syria to feed the one thing he does understand – a carnal bent toward old school, retrograde nationalism.
    Russia has for decades profited greatly from it’s ties to the warring despots of the mideast. Now that Gaddafi and Saddam have been eliminated and Iran’s moderate leaders have signed on to a nuclear agreement, Russia has decided to partake in the only war game in which it is still capable of participating. Allying with its one remaining despot leader, Bashar al-Assad.
    It’s a fool’s errand by two desperate leaders in a world they no longer understand or are capable of controlling.

    Number 2; Sen Fischer states:
    “..and Iran is doubling down on bad ambitions.”

    Really.
    And how’s that Sen Fischer?
    Now that we’ve dramatically curbed their nuclear zeal and brought unprecedented transparency to their weapons activities, exactly HOW are they “doubling down on bad ambitions”??

    Number 3 – Guantanamo – Sen Fischer states:
    ” transfer dangerous terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to our homeland.” (monger-monger, monger-monger)

    May 8, 2006 – CBS
    “Bush Says He Wants To Close Guantanamo”

    Jan 11, 2015 –
    I Helped Create Gitmo. Now I Want It Shut Down.
    History will judge America harshly if we do not.
    By MAJ. GEN. MICHAEL LEHNERT (RETIRED)
    “More than 50 retired generals and admirals have come forward saying Guantanamo should be closed. Statesmen, top national security officials, and public servants from across the political spectrum such as Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates, have said Guantanamo should be closed. President George W. Bush wanted to close the facility, and on his second day in office President Barack Obama signed an executive order committing his administration to closing Guantanamo.”

    Thanks to the skullduggery of Darth Cheney, the legal delusions of John Yoo and the obliviousness of GW, Guantanamo has come to be known as the tip of America’s global torture prison network.
    it is EXACTLY things like Guantanamo that serve to continually inspire religious zealots around the world to want to strap up themselves and their children with bombs and walk into crowded movie theaters and concert halls in order to die for their religious cause.

    • “Putin is playing from a weakness and all of the world’s military powers recognizes this fact. ”

      Sparkles has been elected spokesperson for all the world’s military parts. In his own mind, of course.

      Those of us who are sane note Putin annexed Crimea and has effectively partitioned the rest of Ukraine, waged cyberwar on Estonia, and attacked US allies in Syria, without any effective response. We should all have such weak hands.

      And more tedious cut-and-paste from far left websites.

      • Sparkles says:

        Weak.
        A jingoistic, tedious, id-compelled little munchkin of a man unable to shake his affection for war mongering and his KGB troll-like thuggery.

        Just to be clear, I’m talking about Putin,
        One could easily mistake that description to be of Dick Cheney, or John Bolton, or Donald Rumsfeld, or Paul Wolfowitz, or Ahmad Chalabi, or Paul Bremer, or..

      • All you did is abuse Putin. Fine. I don’t like him either. But you completely failed to challenge my point: that if his position is weak, how come his aggression has been so fruitful?

        As for the litany of leftist enemies, grow the fock up.

    • Macdaddy says:

      “It’s a fool’s errand by two desperate leaders in a world they no longer understand or are capable of controlling.”

      See, here’s the thing. Obama is the one who doesn’t understand. He doesn’t understand that this is a matter of life and death. He doesn’t understand that ISIS actually is trying to win. He doesn’t understand that ISIS isn’t impressed with the crease in his pants. As for control, Obama lost that a long time ago. Putin and Assad are trying which is more than Obama has done for 7 years. Assad knows that he will get the Qaddafi treatment and he refuses to get his head lopped off. Putin, having battled Muslims in Chechnya for years, understands that these are ruthless animals who cannot stoop low enough in their quest for power. They understand. Obama, the smartest man ever to be President, does not.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I for one am tired of statements from Congress when they allow this Dictator to ride roughshod over them. Now we are to the point where he openly shows what we have known all along, he has no desire to protect our country. Why is Congress helpless in all of this, wringing their hands at his every latest Executive Action?

  3. Sparkles says:

    We cannot defeat ISIS without defeating the Wahhabi theology that birthed it.

    A Wahhabi theology funded almost solely thtough massive subsidies from the House of Saud.

    You know, the Bush family’s most favorite people in the whole world, the Saudi Royal Family.
    The family from whose robed loins emerged the terrorists that flew planes into the twin towers, is the very same family who funded the extremist religious zealots who now call themselves ISIS.

    House of Bush, House of Saud.

    Yes indeed, President Obama inherited an economy on the precipice of collapse and a world ablaze from a massive fundamentalist f*&^i ng religious fire.
    All courtesy the the Bushes and a wholly dysfunctional Republican party.

    A Republican party of whose leader, Kevin McCarthy, now promises to deliver to the American people a -two day work week- in 2016.
    Congress will average a whopping two whole work days per week in 2016.
    The GOP promised if you elect them they would bring change to government. You just didn’t know that wholesale dereliction of duty was the change they had in mind.

    After all.. nuthin’ much goin’ on in the world, so nuthin’ much for Congress to tend to.

    • bynd says:

      Sparkle;

      Will you ever stop complaining and come up with solutions or are you impotent and cluless like the Pres.? What was is what was, what is needs to be dealt with now. All presidents have their failures. Obama is reaping the consequences of an ineffectual foreign policy that no one, especially the powers that wage war, are concerned with. Shall we draw another red line? Or use the new TPP to bring jobs to ISIS? Obama only cares about Obama. Case in point TPP. I can’t wait until you tout the benefits of that agreement. Or maybe, he will be the second Democrat Pres to drop the bomb. More blood on your hands. But at least Truman had the balls to do what was necessary after over 40 million deaths. How many deaths will Obama tolerate? How many will you? It doesn’t matter whose fault it is, all that matters is whether or not the current Pres. has the foggiest notion and fortitude to effectively deal with it. How’s that working for you?

    • Anon says:

      It will be more comfortable to have Saleha Abedin to have unfettered access from Hiliar’s “companion” then that Saud bunch.

  4. Oracle says:

    GW Bush and company opened a Pandora’s box when they invaded Iraq. Do any of you realize that over 100 former Iraqi army officers from Saddam’s regime are with ISIS? But of course it’s all Obama’s fault.

  5. Yes, indeed, it’s all GWB’s fault.

    So go to ABC news and look for a graph named ‘the rise of ISIS’ and tell me why Muslim terrorist attacks have increased massively since 2010. Not 2003.

    • Macdaddy says:

      One of the main Democrat criticisms of toppling Saddam is that he would have kept a lid on the extremists in Iraq. So what did Obama do? Topple Mubarak and let the extremists take over, topple Qaddafi and let the extremists take over, and try to topple Assad and let the extremists take over. Obama is too dumb to even understand the words coming out of his own mouth.

  6. Macdaddy says:

    This is what Obama said last Thursday night: OBAMA: “I think what is true is that this has always been a multi-year project precisely because the governance structures in the Sunni areas of Iraq are weak, and there are none in Syria. And we don’t have ground forces there in in sufficient numbers so simply march into Al-Raqqah in Syria and clean the whole place out. And as a consequence, we’ve always understood that our goal has to be militarily constraining ISIL’s capabilities, cutting off their supply lines, cutting off their financing at the same time as we’re putting a political track together in Syria and fortifying the best impulses in Baghdad so that we can, not just win militarily, but also win by improving governance.”

    Obama, who has more information than any of the rest of us, is more clueless by whole orders of magnitude. By every one of his metrics, he has failed. Instead, he insists on making us even more unsafe by letting in 10,000 Syrians for ISIS to hide among. He says they will be thoroughly vetted. Really, O Wise One? How? You just freaking blamed the lack of government in Syria for why we aren’t having more luck. Do we have people at the DMV in Syria? Maybe all the town halls? How many records are left in Syria that we can use? Hillary Clinton wants to up it to 65,000. So she’s six and a half times more of an idiot and Benedict Arnold than Obama. Perhaps she’s just confused. According to Huma, she gets that way a lot these days. This is all on Obama. We have flown an average of 7 sorties a day. We don’t have troops in Iraq. Essentially none in Afghanistan. Where are they? Why did the French go in this weekend and bomb the crap out of ISIS headquarters, ammo dump, training sites, etc? Why didn’t we do that a year ago? 6 months ago? 1 month ago? Last week? Because Obama is weak, that’s why. He’s weak, lazy, and just can’t be bothered. Obama is playing with fire. Should something like what happened in Paris happen here, look for impeachment proceedings for dereliction of duty. Obama needs to get his head out of his ass and do his job. And if it’s too hard for him, then he needs to officially quit. It’s pretty obvious he unofficially quit a long time ago.

  7. Macdaddy says:

    Man, it just gets worse for Obama. When you’ve lost Christiane Amanpour…

    “He said something that is pretty incredible, according to many of the military experts here and around the world who I have spoken to — that our strategy is working,” she added.

    “He’s saying that ISIS is contained. This is also not actually true,” she said.

  8. Utter denials, from Obama, together with barely concealed indignation when the gaping holes in his schtick are noted. He never looked so unqualified to be president as this week.

    President McStompyfoot, indeed.

  9. Key 'n Trumpets says:

    You are wasting time talking about Obama–you can’t fix stupid. He won’t change and Republicans won’t impeach him. So you’d better focus on the alternatives, as your life depends on it.

    “Army Colonel” Lindsay Graham –the only “veteran” left in the US presidential race, says in the wake of the Paris attacks that he is the best fit to lead our military. Now that is funny… because Graham is a National Guard LAWYER. That’s all he’s ever been. Those wimps don’t even go to real Officers Candidate School. They go to a shortened Knife and Fork course for dentists, priests and shysters to learn not to put their uniform on backwards. And that isn’t any more than Ben Carson had as a High School Junior-ROTC cadet… which isn’t real ROTC (JROTC is like boy scouts a high school children program. Carson was never in any college ROTC program.)

    Neither was Trump but Trump was in a military academy for five years. FIVE YEARS in boot camp. I am taking, Monday through Friday with closed-weekends; marching to class, wearing uniforms, scrubbing barracks, physical training, etc. It was 24/7 military discipline, every day regimented from revile at 5 am to taps at 10 pm. I am a retired combat officer and I didn’t have to go through anything like that.

    NO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE KNOWS MILITARY TACTICS OR STRATEGY. Period. None. Not “Lawyer Lindsay” nor Trump nor Carson; nor Bernie and certainly not Benghazi Hillary.

    So pick your next Commander in Chief by what your gut tells you. The most militarily disciplined is Trump. Trump alone grasped the need to close borders while all the rest felt it wasn’t an issue.

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