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Obama Is Restarting Gitmo Trials – Again

From a remarkably forgiving Associated Press:

Obama restarts Guantanamo trials

By Lolita C. Baldor And Erica Werner, Associated Press Mon Mar 7, 2011

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama reversed course Monday and ordered a resumption of military trials for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, making his once ironclad promise to close the isolated prison look even more distant

Lest we forget, Mr. Obama reversed his "ironclad promise" in May of 2009, also.

Obama made the change with clear reluctance, bowing to the reality that Congress’ vehement opposition to trying detainees on U.S. soil leaves them nowhere else to go. The president emphasized his preference for trials in federal civilian courts, and his administration blamed congressional meddling for closing off that avenue.

He didn’t blame George Bush?

"I strongly believe that the American system of justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against al-Qaida and its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system — including (federal) courts — to ensure that our security and our values are strengthened," Obama said in a statement.

"Going forward, all branches of government have a responsibility to come together to forge a strong and durable approach to defend our nation and the values that define who we are as a nation." …

Meanwhile, just think of all of the new terrorists that are going to be recruited to take up jihad against the US because of Mr. Obama’s action.

Defense officials have said that of the around 170 detainees at Guantanamo, about 80 are expected to face trial by military commission

Meanwhile, the first Guantanamo detainee tried in civilian court — in New York — was convicted in November on just one of more than 280 charges that he took part in the al-Qaida bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. That case ignited strident opposition to any further such trials

But we were told by the administration and their flacks in the media that this conviction was a triumph.

Congress hardened its objections to trying detainees on U.S. soil by including language in legislation signed by Obama in January that would block the Defense Department from spending money to transfer Guantanamo prisoners to the U.S. for trial. The legislation also set up new rules for moving detainees elsewhere, and as a result Gates has told lawmakers that it has become very difficult for the government to release detainees to other countries because he now has to certify they will pose no danger. Officials have said that about one-quarter of those released so far have returned to battle.

Another excellent result of electing more Republicans to Congress.

The White House said Monday that it would continue to work to overturn those congressional prohibitions.


This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Obama Is Restarting Gitmo Trials – Again”

  1. canary says:

    still…who can forget Holder’s promise to take care of “my people” like those thug black panthers.
    How the heck did the one terrorist behind hundreds murdered, get 280 charges dropped to just one: ”
    “conspiracy to destroy property? ”

    Obama always does the opposite, after getting a false word out. I think Obama will allow most of them to go free. The ones that might stay would be the ones that declared so insane & vicious they have to be kept separate, and a cage on their mugs when taken something where. Food slid through their doors with a stick, because they are like wild animals foaming and chomping their teeth at whatever they can get at.

    • River0 says:

      There are major fractures appearing in Obama’s facade of competence. Matt Damon, a bellwether indicator of the trendy Tinsel Town set – and a damn fine actor, we must admit – said Obama has been “doubling down” on bad policies and that he (Damon) doesn’t believe him anymore. Also, the story on the Drudge Report this morning is that school requests for the Sophomore-In-Chief to give commencement addresses is down from 2,000 to less than fifty in one year.

      Brick wall of reality looming….. trajectory straight toward brick wall. The bell will toll when foreign investors bail on the stock market and US debt.

  2. untrainable says:

    Given Obama’s history of ignoring the rule of law, I’m suprised that he’s exibiting this level of compliance with the congress. Rest assured though if there were still a democrat majority in both houses he would send these prisoners to Eric “The Hold Up” Holder for proper disposition. They’d probably end up with 40 acres and a mule… or maybe a camel, somewhere in the mid west.

    It is heartening to see yet another pie in the sky promise of the boy king fall to reality, again.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    You know I heard this on the exact week that Congress is having hearings on homegrown terrorism and it makes me wonder exactly what intell ‘chatter’ there is going on – wondering if The Won (who is so opposed to war) is hearing stuff that will make 9/11 look mild – and he is doing what he can (without manning up) to put up a good front.

    I agree that given this Administration – the trials will be skewed – my hope is that there are still enough real decent and patriotic Americans wearing uniforms that this won’t be a sham. And I am hoping the same for the Hasan trial in Ft Hood. Or that the legal maneuvering lasts until the adults get back in charge – if America can hang together long enough for that to happen.

    • canary says:

      Wardmama, I had just read they are going for the death penalty for muslim major Hasan. He has a sleazy attorney and a “defense team”. Probably muslims donating money for such a defense for one of their cowards.

      I saw commercials and the end of that Home Improvement show and it featured the gunned down Ft. Hood soldiers who are still healing. One disabled soldiers who had served tours, still is learning to walk and uses a wheel chair. He was shot 4 times, at least once in head, though 2 massive scars. They did a memorial for the fallen soldiers to.

  4. Astravogel says:

    Perhaps Jane Fonda and Ted
    Turner would pony up the transport
    funds? How about the Kennedys?

  5. proreason says:

    Every word that comes out of his mouth…

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I think Joe Wilson has been vindicated. Not that I ever thought he was wrong, or even remotely “impolite” to say what he did to the boy who sits in the president’s chair. But his lies are now compounded with even more fantastic lies and it’s become the beast that’s out of control.

  6. Misdirection maybe?

    What other MAJOR thing is this president attempting to keep out of the news?

  7. P. Aaron says:

    So, is this the Hope or the Change?

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