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Detainees from gitmo have been returned to Yemen and released to their families this is the Pentagon says these detainees are more likely to -- terrorist assets efforts.
But -- Obama still want to gitmo shut down.
Given the unsettled situation.
I've spoken to the attorney general and we've agreed that.
We will not be transferring additional detainees back to Yemen -- this time.
We're back with democratic congresswoman Jane Harman a member of the homeland security committee.
Congresswoman initially the president's first active business as president was to say that -- -- gonna shut down gitmo.
Now he says he's still gonna do that but he is not going to release any more of these prisoners to Yemen.
Are both -- correct.
I think both moves are correct I applaud the president for reconsidering.
Something that was in process which at least was to released forty Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo.
I'm I'm I'm glad he did after 92 Yemeni prisoners and they will have to be moved elsewhere closing gitmo is the right thing to do.
It is created more problems than it than it has solved.
It was set up outside the reach of US law by the Bush Administration some years ago people were not given -- status and the Supreme Court and the congress both.
Have intervene to set up some kind of a legal framework around Guantanamo and now it's it's it's -- neverland.
And that is wrong it's the biggest recruiting tool that al-Qaeda has against us closing is the right thing to do it has to be close in the right way.
And any prisoner in gitmo any detainee and -- -- has to be transferred to someplace where we're sure.
That person cannot in -- and more terror acts against us or against any of our allies and -- president is on that.
And didn't get some of the president's critics would say that he made that is his first pronouncement and he did not have a plan.
And now we're seeing some of that and now we're seeing some of that play out specifically with Yemen and what -- -- to do with these guys one of the options is to bring them to Thomson Illinois.
Now a lot of the residents in that state are -- and know well this is a slap in the face to members of our military you think it's a good move.
Well I have it be Illinois move is welcome -- by the government officials of Illinois -- a bipartisan basis I understand it just yesterday.
Illinois moved to put up that prison for sale to the federal government so it can be.
Converted into a super max facility let's understand that since 9/11 over 200.
Charged with terrorist crimes both foreign nationals and US.
Nationals had been convicted and her serving time in US jails in contrast only three people have been tried and convicted by young military commissions.
Our federal laws work we operate by the rule of law if we don't live our values I'm not sure how will ever win the argument.
Against these terrorists who want to attack us.
So you don't have a problem with trying -- -- terrorists as criminals.
And giving them the full rights of an American citizen instead of that of trying them as an enemy combatant.
I think both opportunity should be available I think that we should have a full -- here and we should use.
Military courts military tribunals.
And federal courts against these guys let's just understand that the shoe bomber Richard Reid and the twentieth hijacker Zacharias -- Sally were tried under federal law and convicted and are serving safely.
In US jails as our 200 other folks and not our system of justice works and I want all the legal remedies.
Available and I also want and -- organized an integrated intelligence capability intelligence is our first line of defense against this global threat.
Before -- let -- -- as a member of the homeland security committee shouldn't somebody be fired.
In the intelligence community over what happened on Christmas Day.
I'm gonna wait for the 1 o'clock report and see what John -- surprising as.
I think as I said there was no single point of failure there were multiple failures -- -- is systemic this is an important wake up call.
But we've had a lot of successes over recent years let's not forget that.
And let's build on the successes and make this better this was an enormous.
Failure on Christmas Day and obviously it's an embarrassment and it must be fixed right congressman Jane Harman thank you so much for joining FOX & Friends today thank you.
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