Saturday, May 02, 2009

U.S. May Revive Guantánamo Military Courts

The vast majority of his campaign criticisms/promises were pure pandering. 53% of the American people bought into it but there were 47% of us out there that knew it was unworkable BS. It served to get him elected and the press characterizes it as "politics". Any legitimate appraisal knows they were just plain lies, and lots of em.

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, 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.

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