Dy’er Sez: OK…all the folk who consider themselves “Democrats” raise your hand. Let’s go through the checklist: we are still embroiled in a war in Iraq (which was based on either a lie or bad intel), we’re increasing troops to Afghanistan (and we haven’t found BinLaden yet why?), warrantless wiretaps and e-mail scanning has gone up a notch, “free speech zones” are still the only place to protest, questions to the president have to be screened and cleared ahead of time, an almost 1500 page bill was forced through congress to a vote with no copy of said bill available to read (by ANYONE), and now (read below) people held by our government on ‘terrorism’ charges and found NOT GUILTY will remain imprisoned. Let me repeat – not guilty and they remain imprisoned. Folks, if you haven’t figured it out, your guy in the White house is no different (or perhaps worse) than the last guy you were bitching about. And you those on the other side of the aisle: don’t be so smug; YOUR guy was the one who set a lot of this (almost all?) in motion.
The following is from Raw Story:
White House: Acquitted detainees may not be released
By Mike Sheehan
The Obama Administration signaled Tuesday it may keep terrorism detainees even if they’ve been acquitted.
Chief Department of Defense lawyer Jeh Johnson told a Senate committee “that releasing a detainee who has been tried and found not guilty was a policy decision officials would make based on their estimate of whether the prisoner posed a future threat,” according to a report by Jess Bravin in the Wall Street Journal.
Bravin notes that the Bush administration maintained the same stance, “but its legality was never tested.”
Spencer Ackerman at The Washington Independent characterized Johnson’s response as moving the Obama administration “into new territory from a civil liberties perspective.”
“Asked by Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) the politically difficult but entirely fair question about whether terrorism detainees acquitted in courts could be released in the United States, Johnson said that ‘as a matter of legal authority,’ the administration’s powers to detain someone under the law of war don’t expire for a detainee after he’s acquitted in court,” Ackerman wrote.
“If you have authority under the law of war to detain someone” under a Supreme Court ruling, Johnson remarked, “that is true irrespective of what happens on the prosecution side.”
Martinez purportedly appeared surprised. “So the prosecution is moot?” he asked.
“No, no, not in my judgment,” Johnson said
- Obama Continues to Advocate Indefinite Detention [Dispatches from the Culture Wars] (scienceblogs.com)
- Bring an end to detainee drama (mysanantonio.com)