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Obama May Continue Military Tribunals

From a shocked and appalled New York Times:

U.S. May Revive Guantánamo Military Courts


May 2, 2009

The Obama administration is moving toward reviving the military commission system for prosecuting Guantánamo detainees, which was a target of critics during the Bush administration, including Mr. Obama himself.

Officials said the first public moves could come as soon as next week, perhaps in filings to military judges at the United States naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, outlining an administration plan to amend the Bush administration’s system to provide more legal protections for terrorism suspects.

Continuing the military commissions in any form would probably prompt sharp criticism from human rights groups as well as some of Mr. Obama’s political allies because the troubled system became an emblem of the effort to use Guantánamo to avoid the American legal system.

Officials who work on the Guantánamo issue say administration lawyers have become concerned that they would face significant obstacles to trying some terrorism suspects in federal courts. Judges might make it difficult to prosecute detainees who were subjected to brutal treatment or for prosecutors to use hearsay evidence gathered by intelligence agencies

[I]n recent days a variety of officials involved in the deliberations say that after administration lawyers examined many of the cases, the mood shifted toward using military commissions to prosecute some detainees, perhaps including those charged with coordinating the Sept. 11 attacks.

“The more they look at it,” said one official, “the more commissions don’t look as bad as they did on Jan. 20.”

Several officials insisted on anonymity because the administration has directed that no one publicly discuss the deliberations

The administration is likely to make it more difficult for prosecutors to admit hearsay, while not excluding it entirely, the lawyers said. The hearsay issue is central to many Guantánamo cases because they are based on intelligence reports and detainees may never be permitted to cross-examine the sources of those reports.

Human rights groups said Friday that using any form of military commission would be seen as permitting shortcuts that would not be available in existing American courts.

Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said that Mr. Obama had pledged to return the country to the rule of law and that “continuing with the military commission system would be a retreat from that promise.”

It is not clear how many of the remaining 241 detainees are likely to be prosecuted…

This is too rich.

Railing against the injustice and unconstitutionality of Mr. Bush’s military tribunes was a centerpiece of the Obama campaign.

Alas, given the ACLU’s opposition, we actually doubt that anything will come of this.

After all, their red-hot hatred of our country and its legal system is the lodestar for the Obama legal team.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Obama May Continue Military Tribunals”

  1. proreason says:

    They are filling the skies with flak to distract us from the real mission, the destruction of private business in this country.

    When that is done, when the entreprenurial middle class is crushed, then the Stalininst takeover would be complete.

    I say “would be complete” deliberately.

    • GL0120 says:

      I agree PR, the tribunals can and will be canceled at a moments notice by TCO once they served their purpose of obscuring his mission.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    (cough) BULLSHIITE (cough)

    ……and Barney Fwank loves women.

  3. The_Beloved_Deb says:

    To the NYT it’s interesting how much sweeter Obama’s poop smells when compared to Bush’s.

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Obama May Continue Military Tribunals” … untill next week when we need new cover for something.

    • proreason says:

      That’s what I think too, MR.

      It’s flak.

      The objectives are destruction of the productive class in this country, and tilling the ground for a one-world government.

  5. proreason says:

    Other Western intelligence services regard the Obama administration with contempt and rising concern, an officer of the DGSE, France’s military intelligence agency, told my friend Jack Wheeler (the real life Indiana Jones) last week.

    “All of us in our little community are worried — us, our friends in Berlin, London, Tel Aviv,” the DGSE officer told Jack. “It is not like the barbarians at the gates. It is every barbarian horde in the world being told there are no gates.”


    well, duuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhh

    The rest of the article says that there is a mutiny brewing in the CIA against OLenins and the TMCC.

  6. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    It might take a while to purge the CIA of it’s progressive mindset. From what I hear it’s become a hotbed of liberalism.

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