UPDATE: First see scipio6’s post here for background.
President Barack Obama’s plan to suspend proceedings against Guantanamo detainees hit a snag when a military judge said it would be unreasonable to delay a hearing for the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing.
That’s interesting. How do military tribunals, which aren’t independent enough of the White House for the ACLU’s liking, decide that the White House’s demand for a halt of detainee trials in unreasonable?
What’s more interesting is the Administration’s response:
Geoff Morrell, another Pentagon spokesman, told reporters that there were “no ifs, ands or buts” about adhering to the president’s executive order and that there would “be no proceedings continuing down at Gitmo with military commissions.”
“The bottom line is, we all work for the president of the United States in this chain of command, and he has signed an executive order which has made abundantly clear that until these reviews are done all of this is on hiatus,” Morrell said.
Yikes. Yes, indeed, those tribunals need to be independent of the White House, except when it’s a Democratic President’s motion in consideration.
And, lest you think this is just a renegade Judge with an ax to grind: “Pohl is the chief judge at the tribunals at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay.”