Thursday, May 21, 2009

Barack, we do nae know ye!

From the speech:
Now, finally, there remains the question of detainees at Guantanamo who cannot be prosecuted yet who pose a clear danger to the American people.
We're going to exhaust every avenue that we have to prosecute those at Guantanamo who pose a danger to our country. But even when this process is complete, there may be a number of people who cannot be prosecuted for past crimes, in some cases because evidence may be tainted, but who nonetheless pose a threat to the security of the United States.
I am not going to release individuals who endanger the American people.
We must have a thorough process of periodic review, so that any prolonged detention is carefully evaluated and justified.
Uh... President Obama: who says these folks continue to pose a danger to the U.S.???

I believe the Supreme Court has already addressed this issue: Gitmo detainees are entitled to habeas corpus (Rasul v Bush). Will you continue to detain folks even after a habeas hearing has determined there is insufficient evidence to hold 'em???
We already have a legal framework - it's called the U.S. Constitution. We don't need another ad hoc system.

Please, President Obama: respect the Rule of Law about which you speak so eloquently!

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