Friday, May 15, 2009

Obama says he is reviving tribunals for Gitmo detainees, BUT will he be able to find them since they have been released into American Communities?

Blog Owner Comments: I highly doubt he will find the released accused Islamic terrorists released from Gitmo. Our Government can not even find the millions of illegal aliens in this country who are collecting welfare, social security and various governmental aide. Meanwhile nearly every American knows all you have to do is to go to your local HOME DEPOT parking lot where dozens of illegals now euphemistically labeled "Day Workers" station themselves daily. I also doubt that our President will do a single thing to rile his buddy and mentor, the King of Saudi Arabia or the Muslim community he has been so eager to "reach out to" since day one of his faux Presidency!

Blog Owner Comments: What a gigantic snow job on a populace that was stupid enough to vote for this fake,
this Socialist, this America-Hater and destroyer. Once he was able to fool the masses, he has not stopped fooling them. What I really want to know is when he is going to cure the common cold or cure cancer! He and all of his America-hating socialist buddies can surely either discover the cures or at least CLAIM they have! BTW: YOUR MORTGAGE IS NOT MY PROBLEM!!! EITHER IS YOUR HEALTH CARE.

AP Story Below

Obama revives tribunals for Gitmo detainees
by Associated Press........I wonder who they are associated with??? Many Americans and others associate the press with jackasses and Democrats...ooops, that's redundant isn't it?

By LARA JAKES, Associated Press Writer Lara Jakes, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Friday restarted a Bush-era military trial system for a small number of Guantanamo detainees, reviving a method of prosecution he once assailed as flawed but with new legal protections for terror suspects.

In a three-paragraph White House statement, Obama announced the decision that already has drawn criticism from liberal groups, arguing that it will ensure a legitimate forum to prosecute alleged terrorists being held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Blog Owner Comments: OMG!!! a legitimate forum to prosecute criminals! WTF is this world coming to?????)

"This is the best way to protect our country, while upholding our deeply held values," the president said in a statement. (Blog Owner comments: As far as I can see, the only deeply helf value of Barack Hussein Obama is a culture of death and apology to those who want to kill us! - *looking for my whoopie bag now*)

Obama had criticized the system established by President George W. Bush, and in his statement, he said it had only succeeded in prosecuting three suspected terrorist in more than seven years.

Answering liberal complaints, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters: "First and foremost, the president does what is in the best security interest of the United States." (BOComments: *choking back the bile arising from this ourtrageous statement!*)

For now, the military trials will remain on hold, as they have been since the beginning of his administration, as Obama changes the legal system that is expected to try fewer than 20 of the 241 detainees now being held at Guantanamo.

The president said that immediate rule changes governing the trials will begin to bring them in line with the rule of law , most significantly by altering some rules of allowable evidence. Obama also is asking Congress to change the 2006 law creating the current, on-hold tribunal system to enact more sweeping reforms.

"Military commissions have a long tradition in the United States. They are appropriate for trying enemies who violate the laws of war, provided that they are properly structured and administered," Obama said.

Thirteen Guantanamo detainees — including five charged with helping orchestrate the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks — are already in the tribunal system.

Pentagon lawyers were filing a continuance request with the military commissions judge seeking a 120-day delay in trials to give it time to enact at least the initial rule changes.

The tribunal system was established after the military began taking detainees from the battlefields of Afghanistan in late 2001. But it immediately came under repeated challenges from human rights and legal organizations, because it denied defendants most of the rights they would be granted in a civilian courtroom or even in a traditional military court martial.

Obama voted for one version of the tribunal law that gave detainees additional rights, but then voted against the more limited 2006 legislation that ultimately became law.

Liberal groups, already stung by Obama's decision on Wednesday to try to block the court-ordered release of photos showing U.S. troops abusing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, were angered again.

"It's disappointing that Obama is seeking to revive rather than end this failed experiment," said Jonathan Hafetz, a national security attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union. "There's no detainee at Guantanamo who cannot be tried and shouldn't be tried in the regular federal courts system. Even with the proposed modifications, this will not cure the commissions or provide them with legitimacy. This is perpetuating the Bush administration's misguided detention policy."

However, the changes Obama ordered are consistent with his past criticism of the Bush system.

They include:

_Restrictions on hearsay evidence that can be used in court against the detainees.

_A ban on all evidence obtained through cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. This would include statements given from detainees who were subjected to waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning.

_Giving detainees greater leeway in choosing their own military counsel.

_Protecting detainees who refuse to testify from legal sanctions or other court prejudices.

When Obama opposed the system that Congress ultimately approved, he called it "sloppy."

"We have rushed through a bill that stands a good chance of being challenged once again in the Supreme Court," Obama said in a Sept. 28, 2006, speech on the Senate floor. "This is not how a serious administration would approach the problem of terrorism."

Later, on the presidential campaign trail in February 2008, Obama described the Guantanamo trials as "a flawed military commission system that has failed to convict anyone of a terrorist act since the 9/11 attacks and that has been embroiled in legal challenges."

The restrictions on evidence almost certainly will result in only a fraction of detainees who ever will go to trial. The rest of the detainees would either be released, transferred to other nations or tried by civilian prosecutors in U.S. federal courts, an official said.

It's also possible that some could continue to be held indefinitely as prisoners of war with full Geneva Conventions protections, according to another senior U.S. official.

The decision to restart the process puts the administration in a race against the clock to conclude commission trials before the Navy prison is closed, by January 2010. If the trials are still going on, the detainees might have to be brought to the United States, where they would receive even greater legal rights.

Since Obama's executive order to close the prison, Republicans have focused on the issue of where the detainees would go — and the new Democratic administration's lack of a plan to deal with them.

And another BTW, isn't the writer, Lara Jakes, of this AP Story now considered a "Right-Wing Extremist" right up there with the likes of Sheik Kalid and Osama Bin Ladin for writing the words "Islamic terrorists"?????

1 comment:

  1. 2 shockers in about as many days. First the refusal to release the terror photos and now this.

    Extreme individuals need to be brought to justice by any means necessary. The freedom which is afforded to all law-abiding citizens is a product of doing what might not be popular but what is right for the U.S. and its interests. If the ACLU attorneys always had their way we would live in anarchy. A nation of people with their own individually-decreed laws.

    Congrats Mr. President. You went 2 for 2 this week :)