A 9/11 family member chides the new President for closing Guantanamo terror camp

This morning, the New York Daily News published my op-ed on President Barack Obama’s decision to close Guantanamo and suspend the Military Commissions:

With his shameful order to close Guantanamo Bay, President Obama has perfectly filled the stereotype of the classic clueless ultra-Liberal — the one who can generate great passion for the rights of the guilty defendant and none for the innocent victim.

With a single stroke of the pen, Obama has delayed justice for the victims of 9/11, and in essence granted a reprieve for Al Qaeda mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the architect of 9/11.

America does not honor our “rule of law and the rights of man” as he put in his inauguration speech by such an action. Instead, this nation abdicated its duty to justice.

It seems the new President is too far removed from the victims of 9/11. Victims like 11-year-old Bernard Curtis Brown, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon. Everyone onboard was killed, as well as [125] people in the Pentagon. Curtis was on a trip with several of his classmates to California sponsored by National Geographic.

Obama and the Democrats have had a blind spot for 9/11 and have yet to show they have an ounce of understanding what happened that day.

Here is why we were attacked: Muslim extremists hate Americans and want us dead. Our policies in no way influenced the vitriol perpetuated on innocent Americans on September 11, 2001. …

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Contact: mike@911familiesforamerica.org

Editor —

Mike’s brother was 9/11 hero FDNY Captain William F. Burke Jr., of Engine 21. CPT Burke perished on the North Tower’s 24th floor after choosing to stay with two workers — one a paraplegic — after the South Tower had collapsed, receiving the order to evacuate, and ordering his fire company to head down the stairs.

BTW, the title for Mike’s commentary was chosen by the Daily News, as is the norm. It sure seemed like he was slamming President Obama (not chiding him) to me..

Additional note: We thank Michelle Malkin and Bob Parks for their posts about this.

  15 comments for “A 9/11 family member chides the new President for closing Guantanamo terror camp

  1. Andy
    January 27, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    With the signing of the executive orders closing Guantanamo Bay and the banning of coerced interrogations, Obama now owns completely, the responsibility for any future terrorist attacks directed at US interests at home and abroad during his Presidency.

    He has deliberately changed US counter terrorism policy that has kept us safe for the last seven years, in order to satisfy his left wing base. God forbid if another attack happens, the blood of the victims will be on his hands.

  2. Rosa
    January 26, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    The audacity of irresponsibility is what I shall call Mr. Obama’s executive order. His actions undeniably solidify that his contempt for a former President’s policy trumps practicality and rationality. It is a known fact that there is no plan B for these detainees and he doesn’t even know where they will end up. In Obama’s leftist world, this logic is void and cancel. As a 9/11 family member I am disgusted and sincerely worried about the politics of this new administration. Placating to the far left and world wide opinion, should not replace safeguarding the citizens of the United States! This is the time to show our opposition and stand firm!

  3. Pete
    January 26, 2009 at 6:28 pm


    I totally agree with you. I sent the following to Newsday on 1/23. I wonder if they will publish it in their letters to the editor.

    “I am disappointed that, as one of his first acts since taking office, Barack Obama has chosen to make us less safe. The closing of Guantanamo Bay and the banning of coerced interrogations will compromise our national security. Anyone who thinks you will be able to get any useful information from a captured terrorist without using some form of coerced interrogation is simply naive. It will only be a matter of time now before the ramifications of these actions will be felt. When that next attack comes, Barack Obama should be held accountable.”

  4. January 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Mike,

    Al Qaeda is our enemy and our enemy does not deserve to be treated to flowers and chocolate. Look at the video that was released on Friday!

    Diane J.

  5. Matthew
    January 25, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    You guys are real mature by using Obama’s middle name. Instead of blathering on about he is supposedly “friendly” with terrorists, how about you participate in more civil discourse locally and nationally?

    I also don’t appreciate your generalization of Democrats and liberals. I’m sorry to inform you that torturing someone normally causes them to produce false answers. I’m sorry to inform you that torture only makes us look like villains ourselves.

    Editor —

    Matthew, point out exactly where on this web site you see where the authors of a post used President Obama’s middle name. This is called a ‘comment’, not a post. Oh, BTW, Barack Obama uses it so what is your point?

    And you, sir, are the one providing falsehoods: 1) Used “Obama’s middle name” 2) “torturing” and 3) look up who told us where to find KSM and how we obtained the information. Pouring water on a cloth placed across a persons nose for 33 seconds when they were in no physical danger — while the innocent people they plan to kill are in mortal danger — is the moral choice, not torture.

    The threat continues to be real but you remain in a state of denial.

    I’ll add: “”This is just not right,” [Michael] Moore wrote on September 12, 2001, as the World Trade Center and the bodies of 3,000 lay in smoking ruins. “They did not deserve to die. If someone did this to get back at Bush, then they did so by killing thousands of people who DID NOT VOTE for him. Boston, New York, D.C., and the planes’ destination of California — these were the places that voted AGAINST Bush.” In Moore’s Manichaean world, if Republicans alone had died on September 11, they would have had it coming.”

    What Michael Moore wrote immediately following “against Bush” is what always sticks in my mind: “Why did they have to kill anyone?” His first comment, not 24 hours after terrorists had slaughtered 3,000 people, was instinctively political. But then his heart and soul kicked in, even Mad Mikey felt what 99% of America felt, real anger at our common enemy for slaughtering innocent people. For one brief moment in time, his partisan politics did not matter and our nation’s political in-fighting for power did not matter; we had seen the face of evil.

    I’ll save you some time, Matthew. Go to the right sidebar, type in ‘Hussein’, and click the search icon. Perhaps you will learn something about us.

  6. Marta
    January 25, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you Michael … this is a very strong message and I hope that all Americans will read this and understand the implications of President Obama’s decisions.

    The victims of 9/11 deserve to have justice; the terrorists deserve nothing.

    God bless you!

  7. dameocrat
    January 25, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    No one has ever done a scientific poll of 9/11 families. I am sure some were far right republicans, who think we should treat 9/11 murderers different from other murderers, but I doubt all are.

    We don’t we ship all accused muderers to guantanmo? Do they hate less than 9/11 hijackers?

    Editor —

    Do you, “dameocrat,” personally know even one 9/11 family member? I highly doubt that you do.

    We know hundreds of them and most, if affilated, are Democrats. Yet regardless of political affiliation, from what we’ve seen close up and personal, closing Gitmo and further delaying the prosecution of the mastermind of 9/11 and his top subordinates angers nearly all of us.

    We have real world, hard experience learned over these last seven years to go by.

    Your “scientific” opinion to the contrary, “dameocrat,” adds up to exactly squat.

  8. Intimidator
    January 25, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    This is also the man whose first call as President was to the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, another BAD MOVE.

  9. January 25, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    “Obama could grant these men full constitutional rights in an American court. And when they are exonerated, we, the U.S. taxpayers, supply a luxury cruise ship trip back home. And they will still hate us and want us dead. ”

    If he grants them full constitutional rights, we’d be lucky to be rid of them with only the cost of a luxury cruise ship trip.

    Instead, they’ll probably be allowed to settle here.

    Obama IS a weak fool and the terrorists know it. They will strike now just as they knew to do so under the previous weak fool Jimmy Carter.


  10. FedupLibBS
    January 25, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Obama has proven that he is on the side of our Enemies. So, my name for him, from now on is …


  11. Erin
    January 25, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I am angry to about what Mr. Obama did. I am a military mom and feel like the Democrats care more about the terrorists than what us Americans want. I am sad and disapppointed in some of my countrymen.

  12. Kathy
    January 25, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I am totally in agreeance with you and not only does he not have regard for those who lost their loved ones but also for the ones passed on you are so right!

    He also claims to be a Christian and is allowing partial birth abortion once again . Maybe he should be present when the babies brains are sucked out. Maybe then he and his wife would finally see what partial birth is really about the baby is partially born.

  13. Andy
    January 25, 2009 at 9:11 am


    I and many other Americans are sorry for your loss and honor the memory of your brother and all of the other brave men and women that died on 9/11.

    Unfortunately, Obama’s action are predictable, how can we expect someone who is comfortable associating with terrorists and considers them his friends (Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn), fight and prosecute them.

    I wonder if the Today Show has called? Don’t hold your breath; they will not want to give you a forum as they did with the “Jersey Girls,” your story does not fit the “I hate George Bush” template.

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