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Military Commissions Again In Saturday News

Last Saturday, May 2nd, we were reading about the possibility that the Obama administration might revive the military commissions that candidate Obama had so reviled.

Today, Saturday May 9th, we again see more on the subject. Could the administration be any more obvious in their attempts to “hide” this story?

The Obama administration is preparing to revive the system of military commissions established at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, under new rules that would offer terrorism suspects greater legal protections, government officials said.

The rules would block the use of evidence obtained from coercive interrogations, tighten the admissibility of hearsay testimony and allow detainees greater freedom to choose their attorneys, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

So apparently it really wasn’t the commissions themselves, but how they were run. Of course they were run by rules that Congress had put in place. Yeah, you can figure out the rest.

And the only change I can see is the elimination of some evidence, tightning of the rules on other evidence and the ability to choose their attorney (to a point).

Yet, in the big scheme of things, it ensures that secret testimony, exposure of which so concerned the previous administration, will remain secret. Yes, that’s a good thing.guantanamo-bay-5a

But, as the Obama administration begins to reinvent the wheel (even though it will claim that these military commissions aren’t the same as the previous military commissions – a bit like saying a Ford isn’t a Chevy. They’re still both cars) I keep remembering a very sure candidate proclaiming:

“By any measure, our system of trying detainees has been an enormous failure.”

The Obama administration is seeking a 90 day extension on the 120 day extension previously imposed on military commissions. They would be moved to American soil (given the ruling by SCOTUS that doesn’t mean as much as it would have previously). But by all appearances, they will be pretty much the very same thing that candidate Obama said was unacceptable and an “enormous failure”. In the end, it appears, it has just been justice delayed (another reason he was against them).

Of course the real critics of such commissions (those whose opposition wasn’t strictly political in nature) are not happy:

“This is an extraordinary development, and it’s going to tarnish the image of American justice again,” said Tom Parker, a counterterrorism specialist at Amnesty International.

Yeah, well he won you know Tom, and with that, he reserves the right to throw issues under the bus if necssary, especially when it becomes clear that he had no idea about the subject he was condemning. And as an aside – I suspect that the slight differences in the commissions listed above will be enough for the fevered left to roll over and accept these military commissions as “OK”.


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3 Responses to Military Commissions Again In Saturday News

  • For some reason, I keep waiting for the mainstream media to come right out and call The Clown™ a crass hypocrite. Yet, for the same reason, they explain away his lies, his fairy tales, his twists and turns, and his rank hypocrisy. This is why the media in this country, sans Fox News, is dying a slow and deserved death. It is why Fox regularly gets more viewers than CNN and MSDNC combined. It is why the Nancy Grace show on Headline News gets more viewers than the alleged “news” shows on CNN and MSDNC. Looking at how they kowtow to The Clown™, is anyone surprised?

  • More and more, it is increasingly clear that democrat (spit) politicians and their supporters, including those in MinTru and ordinary voters, are absolutely made for each other:

    A group of brazen liars meets a group of gullible idiots.

    But I suppose I shouldn’t complain too much, as TAO is (sort of) doing the right thing.  May he continue to spin, flip-flop, and otherwise lie through his teeth so long as it furthers policies that keep our country safe.*  Hey, maybe he and his stooges can come up with a rationale to allow waterboarding when it seems necessary!


    O’ course, as we know, doing ANYTHING other than treating suspected terrorists like children caught taking candy is a total moral outrage that tarnishes our reputation, inflames world opinion, creates MORE terrorists, and makes us less safe.