Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Justice Delayed, Justice Betrayed?

In a recent Newsweek article, investigative reporter Michael Isikoff describes how the task force set up by the Obama administration to develop a plan for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will be delayed "a few months". Orginally scheduled to be published today, the task force will not publish it's recommendation because members can not agree on the legal, and political footprint required to come up with a recommendation.

The issue is fairly complex. Countries of origin do not want the detainees back. Congress is having a collective cow at the notion of "them terrrerrists" being housed in prisons in their states. (Of course, no one has ever escaped from a SuperMax prison, and it houses some fairly scary inmated)

Ok, all of this is fairly predictable. That's the delay part. What troubles, me, no, what really pisses me off is the Obama administration starting to sound like the Bush administration. This excerpt from the article is the most disconcerting to me:

"Three administration officials familiar with the process said the detention task force, which is jointly run by aides to Attorney General Eric Holder and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, did agree that the Obama administration should continue to claim the right to hold some Guantánamo inmates indefinitely as "combatants" under the "laws of war," without charging them either in criminal courts or in military commissions."

I mean, What The Fuck?

tell me what you think.


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