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Andrew McCarthy: Closing Gitmo Will Come Back to Haunt US

Monday, 23 Dec 2013 06:53 PM

By Bill Hoffmann


A former federal prosecutor says the U.S. media have largely ignored one of the biggest stories of the year: the gradual shutting of the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, where the United States has held terrorists since the 9/11 attacks.

"They're gradually shutting [it] down . . . by sending these guys back to their countries, including two who were sent back last week to Sudan," Andrew C. McCarthy, a columnist for National Review, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"So, we're now taking trained terrorists and sending them back to governments that practice terrorism and that are rabidly anti-American. Go figure."

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"So, it's not just that we're reining in the [National Security Agency] program," McCarthy said. "The administration is really starting to cut off Bush counter-terrorism, which, as long as the president needed to be re-elected, he was all for Bush counter-terrorism."

McCarthy fears the NSA stands to be weakened, "largely because the intelligence community has really done a terrible job trying to defend it."

McCarthy, author of "Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy," is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who prosecuted the terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993.


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