Is Obama Bringing Enough Change?
One of the huge failings of BushCo was their policy of holding detainees indefinitely with no trials. Word is that the Obama administration is preparing an executive order that would do the same thing.
…half of the cases (at Gitmo), the officials said, present the greatest difficulty because these detainees cannot be prosecuted in federal court or military commissions. In many cases the evidence against them is classified, has been provided by foreign intelligence services or has been tainted by the Bush administration’s use of harsh interrogation techniques.
Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold believes this is just like recreating Gitmo on US soil. He told Attorney General Eric Holder, “I think this could be a very big mistake, because of how such a system could be perceived throughout the world.”
Instituting long-term detention through an executive order would leave Obama vulnerable to charges that he is willing to forsake the legislative branch of government, as his predecessor often did. Bush’s detention policies suffered defeats in the courts in part because they lacked congressional approval and tried to exclude judicial oversight.Click here for reuse options!
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