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Obama Denies Responsibility for Prisoner Release

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RUSH: By the way, The Politico is saying that the White House is saying that it was Janet Napolitano's decision to release the prisoners.  "The White House and the Department of Homeland Security were unaware of Immigration Customs and Enforcement's decision to release detainees," until the agency announced it.  So not only did Obama not do it, he didn't even know that it was done until he read about it in the paper.  Yeah.  And did you know that Janet Reno was solely responsible for the Waco invasion?  Bill Clinton had nothing to do with that.  Janet Reno herself ordered the tanks and the military equipment into Waco at the Branch Davidian complex and torched it.  Clinton said so. (Clinton impression) "You gotta ask the attorney general about that. I didn't know anything about that 'til I saw that in the paper.  In fact, I found out about it the same time you did."  And now that's what Obama's doing. 

The White House and the Department of Homeland Security were unaware of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's decision to release illegal immigrants before sequestration until the agency announced it.  So not only did Obama not do it, he didn't know about it until he read it in the paper.  See, folks, he's not even in charge of his own Department of Homeland Security.  He's not even in charge of his own Immigration amd Customs Enforcement agency.  All of this stuff happens out there, he doesn't know anything about it.  And so now Obama is gonna be fighting the release of these illegal alien prisoners, just like he's fighting the Republicans who are trying to increase the number of people who don't have jobs.  It's amazing.

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What was it, about an hour after my monologue on the prisoner release the White House denies it, after the story has been around all day?  By the way, you know, Obama didn't know about Benghazi, either. He didn't know about the prisoner release. He didn't know about Benghazi.  I wonder if Napolitano did that.

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RUSH: I'll tell you, this story about the prisoner release was out all day. It's been in the news all day. But here we make a big deal out of it, and in less than an hour, the White House puts out a denial. But it's even better than what I originally thought. Here is the actual denial of any involvement from the spokeskid, Jay Carney. Here's what he said, the White House press secretary. He said, quote, "This was a decision..." to release these prisoners, 30,000 illegal alien prisoners.

"This was a decision made by career officials at ICE, without any input from the White House, as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution as well as possible sequestration." So it wasn't even Big Sis. It wasn't even Napolitano. It was "career officials at ICE," and it wasn't just about the sequester. It was about the continuing resolution. That doesn't expire 'til the end of March, and it's only February 27. So that's why the prisoners were released.

Obama didn't know anything about it. A bunch of career bureaucrats did it, and what Carney tried to say was that there's so much panic in the bureaucracies over the upcoming spending cuts -- these massive spending cuts -- that they're practically panicking, and they're doing things that nobody is aware of until they do 'em. Man! I mean, the lengths to which they are now going to try to convince people that Barack Obama has literally no association with this government whatsoever is stunning.

He literally has no connection to actions taken by this government at all. I'm telling you, Castro wouldn't put up with this. If there were bureaucrats doing things on their own, freelancers like this, they would be in jail. Castro'd put them in prison. So would have Nicolae Ceausescu. So would have Saddam Hussein. You don't have dictators with their bureaucrats running around making moves like this. (interruption) No, no, no, no, no, no! I did not say Obama's a dictator. I was talking about those other guys.

But I'm telling you that this is profound. This is stunning. The lengths to which they will go to dissociate Barack Obama from anything this government does knows now boundaries, there are no limits. It wasn't Napolitano; it wasn't Obama. It was "career officials at ICE," and they're not just worried about the sequester. They're worried about the continuing resolution! That's the government shutdown at the end of March. That's not even gonna happen for a month.

The bottom line is, there's no reason whatsoever to let people out of jail. Even if the sequester happens we're not talking about enough money to have this happen. There is no reason on earth, no fiscal reason, no budgetary reason. There are obviously reasons why these prisoners have been released. I think one of the reasons is, how the hell are we gonna round 'em back up now? They're not on leashes. I bet they don't all have electronic tracking devices.

What are we gonna do?

"Okay, look, we got our budget now so you guys come back!" Is that what they're gonna do? Organizing for Action, the Obama website, will put out a PSA: "All of you released illegal alien prisoners, it's time now to return to jail"? They're out there, and that's not bad as far as President Obama's concerned either. Chaos and havoc? It's made order. Jay Carney also claimed that the prisoners that have been released are "low-risk, non-criminal detainees."

How does he even know? It was the ICE people, the bureaucrats that did it. How does he even know who was released? The New York Times says that they were hardened criminals. The New York Times reported that one of these detainees released had been convicted for assault and battery and child abuse and violating probation. He's from Jamaica. That's just one of them that the New York Times found. Is Carney saying child abuse is nothing? 

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