Welcome to Licentia Loquendi, founded January 2009. L2 is a team blog that focuses primarily on political, military and Constitutional issues with a Conservative Christian slant. We are two college students, a Navy corpsman, an Army sniper and a Vietnam era Army veteran.

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23 January 2009

The Guantanamo Situation & The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball

Said Ali al-Shihri was released from Guantanamo in November 2007. He "returned to his home in Saudi Arabia after his release . . . and from there went to Yemen" (FNC). He is now allegedly "second-in-command" (FNC) of Yemen's branch of Al Qaeda. According to the DoD, "more than 60 terrorists released from Guantanamo may have returned to the battlefield" (CNN). McCain agrees that Guantanamo should be closed, but his route would have been different. "'So, the easy part, in all due respect, is to say we're going to close Guantanamo . . . then I think I would have said where they were going to be taken. Because you're going to run into a NIMBY [not in my backyard] problem here in the United States of America'" (CNN).
A NIMBY problem? Not in Pennsylvania! Rep. John Murtha told FOX that "suspected terrorists . . . are 'no more dangerous in [his] district than in Guantanamo'" (AP). And let's not just throw them into the same state as the site of a terrorist attack, but let's plop them just a short distance away!

Obama also skipped The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball, which "was the party without all of the celebrities." I can't believe he didn't attend. "There were 48 Medal of Honor recipients in attendance, who were undoubtedly disappointed by the Commander-in-Chief's failure to show. Over the past 56 years and 14 inaugurations, no President has skipped this event - until now." The attendees of that ball are the very ones who have given us our freedom to hold elections and choose our own president. "The very people who he sought to have support him during his candidacy and campaign, who have fought to protect this country, were snubbed in favor of publicity and the opportunity to rub shoulders - yet again - with the out-of-touch Hollywood elite."

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