DoD’s Gitmo closure chief: Released detainees have killed Americans

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Closing the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay and releasing most of its detainees, Barack Obama argues, will make Americans safer. Just how has that worked out so far? Even the man in charge of Obama’s project at the Department of Defense admitted today that released Gitmo detainees have murdered Americans.

And yet, Paul Lewis argues, the project continues:

Testifying before the GOP-led House Foreign Affairs Committee, Paul Lewis, the Defense Department’s special envoy for the closure of the detention center, declined to provide details and did not say whether the incidents occurred before or after President Barack Obama took office in January 2009.

“What I can tell you is unfortunately there have been Americans that have died because of (Guantanamo) detainees,” Lewis said during an exchange with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif.

“When anybody dies it is tragedy. We don’t want anybody to die because we transfer detainees,” Lewis said. “However, it’s the best judgment and the considered judgment of this administration and the previous administration that … we should close” the Guantanamo detention center.

Say, isn’t the primary duty of a government to keep its citizens safe? Shouldn’t government policies be calculated towards, oh, not getting Americans murdered? When a government official comes before Congress and reports that “X policy has resulted in murdered Americans,” the expectation should be that the very next sentence will be, “We changed that policy” — not “and we still think this is a good policy that should be followed.”

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