Okay. The Libyan War continues. And that might be the big news for Barack if he hadn't managed to find another promise to break. The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following today:
CCR Condemns Political Nature of Decision
April 4, 2011, New York – Today, in response to news that the Obama administration will try the 9/11 defendants in the military commissions system rather than Article III civilian courts, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:
"The Obama administration all but admitted political failure today as it announced it would try the 9/11 defendants before the deeply flawed military commission system rather than in Article III civilian courts as originally planned. The announcement underscores the fact that decisions about whether to try detainees in federal court or by military commission are purely political. The decision is clearly driven not by the nature of the alleged offense, or where and when it was committed, but by the unpopularity of the detainee and the political culture in Washington.
"It also sets a bad precedent, as shown by Egypt’s apparent plans to use military trials for protesters at Tahir Square. In the same breath that the U.S. is calling for the rule of law in the Middle East, it is subverting it at home.
"The decision to abandon criminal prosecution of the 9/11 defendants in favor of a military commission undermines the prosecutorial discretion of the Justice Department and the independence of the judiciary.
"As Attorney General Holder and Secretary Gates explained in a February 2010 letter to Congress, eliminating federal court trials takes away the most effective tool for combating terrorism. As Obama said during his campaign, the existence of Guantánamo threatens our national security, as do the military commissions themselves.
"President Obama should have followed through on his promise to challenge the congressional ban on the transfer of men from Guantánamo to the U.S. for prosecution before caving to political pressure."
CCR has led the legal battle over Guantanamo for the last nine years – sending the first ever habeas attorney to the base and sending the first attorney to meet with an individual transferred from CIA “ghost detention” to Guantanamo. CCR has been responsible for organizing and coordinating hundreds of pro bono lawyers across the country to represent the men at Guantanamo, ensuring that nearly all have the option of legal representation. In addition, CCR has been working to resettle men who remain at Guantánamo because they cannot return to their country of origin for fear of persecution and torture.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.
Barack is such a damn liar. Do you remember how he took his minor position as a lecturer at the University of Chicago and turned it into "I'm a professor of Constitutional Law" and insisted he knew how harmful Guantanamo was and how important trials were and blah blah blah.
A whore will say anything to seal the deal, apparently.
Here's Lisa Hajjar of Al Jazeera:
On March 7, when president Barack Obama signed an executive order (E0) that varnishes the framework of indefinite detention without trial, he put the final nail in the coffin of his day-two promise to close Guantanamo.
Those detainees who, in the government's view, can not be tried but are too dangerous to release will continue to be subject to "law of war detention" because they are deemed by official reviewers "in effect, [to] remain at war with the United States".
This means that Guantanamo can remain open as long as the "war on terror" continues. Not only is there no end in sight, no one is even speculating about what the end might look like.
This executive order, as well as the recent announcement that military commission trials will resume, was no surprise.
In his 21 May 2009 address from the National Archives, Obama explained that his administration had inherited a "legal mess" from the previous administration and that the challenges of dealing with detainees were more difficult than expected.
In that speech, he explained that, contrary to his earlier promises and condemnations, military commissions were indispensable and indefinite detention may be necessary. What he meant but did not say was "politically necessary" to sustain his post-partisan aspirations.
One aspect of the legal mess, which finds no mention in the EO, is the fact that some detainees – for example, Muhammad al-Qahtani, alleged to be the "20th hijacker" – can not be tried because they were so badly tortured.And that's Barack. It's not on Bush now. Bush is gone. Bush is toast. It's Barack. He's the War Criminal In Chief. And he's got no excuses. "I inherited it" -- meaning you knew about it before you ran. So you should have had a number of plans, you stupid, lying f**k.
I'm so sick of all his damn lies. I'm so sick of it.
The only thing I may be more sick of is the damn Cult of St. Barack. But it's numbers are diminishing.
Let's talk Third Estate. Along with Dallas, the following helped on the latest edition:
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:''