Monday, May 18, 2009

More on Pres. Obama's military tribunals

Here is a link to a good article on Pres. Obama's decision to resume the use of Bush era military tribunals by Joanne Mariner, the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program Director at Human Rights Watch. The article starts like this:

"[L]ast Friday, the Obama administration announced that it would resume trials of Guantanamo detainees by military commissions, albeit under new rules that would offer defendants greater legal protections. . . . While the revised commissions improve somewhat on the model used by the Bush administration, they still fall far short of providing the due process guarantees found in U.S. federal courts.

Unsurprisingly, Republicans are jubilant. Portraying Obama's reversal as a belated embrace of the Bush administration's war on terror, their tone is unabashedly triumphant.
"With some minor changes, he really is following the same path President Bush pursued," declared [Ari] Fleischer. "He has now decided to preserve a tribunal process that will be identical in every material way to the one favored by Dick Cheney," crowed the Wall Street Journal.

This is not change we can believe in."

The full article is available here.

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