President Obama's order to resume military trials at Guantanamo Bay and establish a system to hold some detainees indefinitely ends a difficult chapter in the story of the U.S. prison and the Obama White House.
Obama came into office two years ago promising to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year. The executive order he announced Monday serves as acknowledgment that it will remain open for some time.
The order lends formal permission to the policy by which the U.S. has held detainees at the prison — detainees who, in most cases, have not been charged or convicted but are deemed too dangerous to release. It also ends a two-year ban on the use of military commissions to try suspected terrorists.Isn't it funny how few bother to call him out? In 2008, he had a legion behind him and a ton of Kevin Zeeses who wouldn't dare say a word against him. They can hurl verbal grenades at Hillary non-stop -- mainly because they have Mommy issues -- but their precious Barry O, even now, must not be called out.
"ACLU Lens: New Executive Order Institutionalizes Indefinite Detention at Guantánamo" (Suzanne Ito, ACLU Blog of Rights):
Yesterday, President Obama issued an executive order that institutionalizes the ongoing indefinite detention of detainees in U.S. custody at Guantánamo Bay. As ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero told the Washington Post, "It is virtually impossible to imagine how one closes Guantánamo in light of this executive order."
Furthermore, the Obama Administration reversed its January 2009 decision to stop bringing new military commission charges against Guantánamo detainees and announced that new trials will resume shortly. According to media reports, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is suspected of planning the attack on the USS Cole in 2000, is likely to be among the first detainees charged in new commission proceedings. The ACLU's Denny LeBoeuf blogged recently of al-Nashiri's treatment:
The usual problems of the military commissions will arise in al-Nashiri's case. The admission of coerced testimony will be an issue. Since Attorney General Holder announced in 2009 that al-Nashiri would not be tried in federal court, there has been speculation that the government was afraid of the weakness of its evidence. And looming over it all will be the question of al-Nashiri's well-documented torture, and the extraordinary efforts by the government to hide the details of that torture.There are two words for Barack Obama and, no, they aren't "too sweet." War Criminal. Those are the two words. He's a War Criminal. If that's scary for you, I'll just have to assume it's a more recent fear since you had no trouble applying it to Bush all those years.
They're both War Criminals.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):