New Boss same as the Old Boss

As if his U-turn on the patriot act was not bad enough, now Obama is starting to really show his true feelings on our current legal framework. In a recent statement from Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd, the Obama Administration, like the Bush Administration is using the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, passed following the events of Sept. 11th to allow him to indefinately detain supposed “enemy combatants.” Apparently the only “Change” in his stance is that he will not ask congress for the more authority to conduct more of this.While Obama’s stance is not as stunning as the Bush Administrations idea of the “Unified Theory of the Executive” interpretations of the Constitutional Powers, it is still very disheartening to see our leader accepting this as a viable option to dealing with supposed terrorists. Oh and whats the justification for holding these people,

The president described these detainees as perhaps individuals who have “received extensive explosives training at al Qaeda training camps or commanded Taliban troops in battle or expressed their allegiance to Osama bin Laden or otherwise made it clear that they want to kill Americans.”

How can we know if these charges are even true if we cannot litigate them in front of an impartial judge/jury where all evidence is presented and the defendant has a right to refute such claims? Then there is that tricky little problem of

…those “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” — calling the dilemma of what to do with them the “toughest single issue that we will face.”

In case you were wondering, “tainted” means coreced through torture and other extreme methods. So better to keep them in a cell for the rest of their lives, that will stop the recruitment of Al ‘Qaeda.

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