Transcript for Obama on Guantanamo Heckler: 'Worth Paying Attention To'
And given my administration's relentless pursuit of Al qaeda's leadership. There is no justification beyond politics for congress to prevent us from closing a facility. The mission should have never been open. Today it. -- need to to. About a dozen members you -- you -- has -- He might give us yeah. Hey why would you -- resident -- -- and wanted to sit around and ultimately. And me. You should let me finish my -- Today. Once again call on -- For us to lift the restrictions on detainee transfers from getting. I have. I -- asked the Department of Defense to designate a site in the United States where we can hold military commissions. I'm appointing a new senior. At the State Department and Defense Department whose sole responsibility will be to achieve the transfer of detainees to third countries. I'm lifting the moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen so we can review them on a case by case basis. To the greatest extent possible. We will transfer detainees who have been cleared to go to other countries. Where we. And where appropriate. We will bring terrorists to justice. In our courts and our military justice system. And we -- since the judicial review be available for every detaining. Now ma'am my -- made let me finish. Let me let let me finish -- Now there's there's -- part of free speech is you being able to speak but also you listen. And me being able to -- Even after we take these steps one issue will -- -- how to deal -- those gitmo detainees who we know have participated. In dangerous plots or attacks. But who cannot be prosecuted for example because the evidence against them has been compromised. Or is inadmissible in a court of law. But once we commit to a process of closing gitmo I'm confident that this legacy problem can be resolved consistent with our commitment to the rule of law. And I know the politics -- heart. But history will cast a harsh judgment. On this aspect of our fight against terrorism and those of us who failed and imagine a future ten years from now -- twenty years from now. When the United States of America is still holding people who have been charged. When no crime on a piece of land that is not part of our country. Under the current situation. We're real force feeding detainees were all being held on -- hunger strike. I'm willing to. Cut the young -- who interrupted me some slack because. It's worth being passionate about. Is this who we are. That's something our founders -- Is that the America we want to leave our children. Our sense of justice is stronger than. We have prosecuted scores of terrorists in our courts. That includes Umar -- -- all of who tried to blow up an airplane over Detroit. And -- -- Shahzad who put a car bomb in Times Square. It's in a court of -- that we will try. -- are trying to who's accused of bombing. The Boston Marathon. Richard Reid the shoe bomber. Is as we speak serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison here in the United States. And sensing read. Judge William Young told him the way we treat you is the measure of our -- liberty. When. When weighing eight we went. -- -- we went on to. We went off. -- We're addressing -- -- You know I think that the I don't -- off script as you might expect here. The voice of that woman. Is worth paying attention. -- -- -- Obviously I do not agree. Would much of what she set. And obviously she was listening to me. In much of what I said. But. These are tough issues. And the suggestion that we can gloss over them. Is wrong. There when that. Judge. -- mr. Reid the shoe bomber. You want to point. To the American flag that flew in the courtroom. That flag he said. -- live there long after this is all forgot. That flag still stands for freedom. It's America we face down danger is far greater than -- cut. By staying true. To the values -- founding. And by using our constitutional compass we have overcome slavery and civil war and fascism. And comments. -- just these last few years as president. I've watched the American people bounce back from painful recession. Mass shootings. Natural disasters like the recent tornadoes that devastated Oklahoma. These events were -- They -- our communities to the court. But because of the resilience. Of the American people. These events could not come close to breaking its.
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