“The irony of the underlying bill as it’s written is that someone like Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is going to get basically a full military trial with all the bells and whistles. He’s gonna have counsel. He’s gonna be able to present evidence to rebut the government’s case…. I think we will convict him. And I think justice will be carried out.” –Senator Barack Obama, 2006, | Read More »
Pentagon: Like It or Not, Gitmo Terrorists Coming to US
Michele Flournoy, President Barack Obama’s newly minted Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, may have unwittingly given a preview of Obama’s big speech on the fate of terrorists currently held at Guantanamo Bay, when she spoke after the Senate overwhelmingly voted to strip funding for implementing the closure from the Administration’s supplemental budget request for Iraq and Afghanistan. Flournoy essentially said that members of Congress | Read More »
Five Alternatives to Gitmo
Poor Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats are having trouble figuring out what to do with the 241 detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay. Such is the dilemma that follows an admittedly ‘hasty decision‘ that Reid nonetheless insists was ‘a right one’ – even as Congress attempts to ‘unwind‘ that brilliant decision. Got it? So in the interest of bipartisanship, I humbly submit five options | Read More »
Breaking: White House to fight release of detainee photos.
As Jim Geraghty notes, all of Obama’s promises come with an expiration date. All of them. Obama Opposes Releasing Photos of U.S. Detainee Abuse President Obama has decided not to release photos which the Pentagon had planned to released by May 28 in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. President Obama has decided not to release | Read More »
NYT: Obama May Revive Gitmo Military Tribunals
Reeling from his public relations disaster on handling the waterboarding issue, Obama may be backtracking on his decision to try Gitmo detainees in U.S. criminal courts. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30531510/ Our President is proving to be an enigma. On one hand, the longer he’s in office the more his innate liberal worldview becomes apparent. On the other hand, he occasionally admits the Bush Administration had it right. Let’s | Read More »
Gitmo detainee problem solved!
Now here’s the best idea I’ve heard all day: With the President ordering the closing of Guantanamo Bay, the question arises: what to do with the prisoners there? Of course, there are some on the left that think they need to be released. This, despite ongoing reports of former detainees returning to terrorism. However, let’s assume that the administration recognizes that the bad guys are bad guys | Read More »
Gitmo facility and Alcatraz
Ever since President Obama’s executive order to close the facility at the Guantanamo Bay within the end of year, the debate on where to send detainees continues on. Recently, Republican Rep. Bill Young proposed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Alcatraz, which is in her district, be reopened. Naturally, Pelosi shrugged off such suggestions, she said that: Perhaps he’s not visited Alcatraz,” Pelosi said of Young while displaying little | Read More »
President-Elect Obama has recently reiterated his intentions to close the terrorist detention facility at the U.S. installation at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, Charles “Cully” Stimson, has noted – actually closing the facility will prove far more difficult than Obama’s campaign rhetoric would suggest. In moving forward with this objective, President-Elect Obama would be well advised to | Read More »
Iraq wants detainees treated as criminals. Victory is ours!
Who said this was an amorphous enemy; that detainees would be held forever; and that we wouldn’t know when we had won? Originally published at The Minority Report’s Live Wire by gamecock From Camp Cropper, Iraq The U.S. military is rushing to build criminal cases against some 5,000 detainees it deems dangerous – including suspected members of al-Qaeda in Iraq – because the proposed security | Read More »
The Rule of Law And The Search For Terror
Attorney General Mukasey’s fainting spell at his Federalist Society speech (and his heckling by a member of Washington’s state Supreme Court) have obscured an excellent speech on the Bush Administration’s approach to terrorism and the rule of law. It’s worth pondering in light of recent judicial developments, including from the Second Circuit (the federal appeals court sitting in Manhattan with jurisdiction over New York, Connecticut | Read More »