Two Al Qaeda leaders
thought to be behind the Flight 253
terror plot were former Guantanamo prison, sending off a round of finger-pointing. The detainees in question were released in
November 2007 to enter "an 'art
therapy rehabilitation program,'" as ABC News
reports. While the detainees were released under Bush, liberals have often advocated for the release of detainees as well.
- Good One, Republicans At left-leaning Americablog, John Aravosis
suggests "Mr. Cheney will have some explaining to do." He sneers at
"Republicans [who] have a problem with President Obama wanting to try
suspected terrorists in US courts. Maybe if we promise the maximum
sentence will be 'art therapy,' the Republicans will come on board."
- Will Cheney Finally Go Away Now? BarbinMD
of the liberal Daily Kos wonders if Dick Cheney "will ... again be
booked on Fox News to peddle more criticism of President Obama, or [if]
... this little 'oops' moment [will] mean that Dick is slithering back
to his undisclosed location."
- Don't Let This Mess Up Prisoner Release Plans "It's inevitable," begins Jeralyn at TalkLeft, "some of the released Guantanamo detainees may become militant or revert
to militantism, particularly when some were tortured and all were
subjected to overly harsh interrogation methods and conditions of
confinement. It's a fallacy to say most of them will. Refusing to
release remaining detainees with no demonstrated ties to terrorism
would be a mistake."
- Only More of the Same Coming "Thanks to Obama's progressive view," writes conservative blogger Dan Riehl,
"we're looking to send up to 80 Gitmo detainees back to Yemen? Will we
provide them with coloring books, or perhaps decoupage supplies?"
- Thank You, Liberals William Teach
of right-wing blog Stop the ACLU openly blames liberals for the event:
"If the Left weren't such raving wackjobs," he writes, apparently
failing to focus on the November, 2007 date of the terrorists'
release, "... these folks would still be sitting at Club Gitmo."
- Less Partisan Takes Hot Air's Allahpundit
doesn't let either the previous nor the current administration off the
hook: "at least The One has learned from Bush's terrible folly here,
right? Wrong." He wonders what Plan B should be for remaining
detainees. Charles Johnson
of Little Green Footballs has an idea: try them in civilian court.
Saying that, until now, he's been undecided on the notion, Johnson
declares, "I have a lot more faith in the American criminal justice
system than I do in Saudi Arabia’s 'art therapy' program."
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