Obama’s New Guantanamo Executive Order: A Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?

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  1. PrometheeFeu says:

    Great! I am sure that the people who are imprisoned indefinitely without charge or due process will feel a whole lot better in this new situation. The Obama administration may look a little nicer than the Bush administration, (at least they don’t torture people themselves) but in reality, they still stomp on the principles of the United States Constitution. Worst, Obama was elected on a promise to close Guantanamo Bay which he is not even trying to do.

    Despite the claims of the administration, this is a very simple situation. Provide the detainees with real trials in courts (You know, we call that due process and it’s something many people gave their lives to protect) giving them access to all the evidence that is used against them or set them free. The whole concept of some of the detainees being too “dangerous” to release is absurd. They have now been out of their “game” for several years. If they held a position of leadership in terrorist cells, that position has long been filled by someone else or the cell has collapsed. Furthermore, it is highly unlikely that terrorist organizations would trust anybody from Guantanamo. They may have been turned and they are most definitely on every watch list. There is no justification for the continued imprisonment of these people without due process. We have a word for those who throw people in jail without due process and throw away the key. It’s “despots”. Not President.

  2. Joe says:

    It’s so very easy. Except that Congress isn’t providing the necessary funds. Except that nations don’t want many of the detainees. Except that even the DC Circuit says that you don’t have to put many of these people on trial. Oh, they do have access to real courts. And, Obama “tried” to close Gitmo. He needs congressional approval. He isn’t a dictator, even in respect of doing stuff you like.