Long before, and fully independent of, anything Congress did, President Obama made clear that he was going to preserve the indefinite detention system at Guantanamo even once he closed the camp. President Obama fully embraced indefinite detention — the defining injustice of Guantanamo — as his own policy.
In February, 2009, the Obama DOJ told an appellate court it was embracing the Bush DOJ’s theory that Bagram detainees have no legal rights whatsoever, an announcement that shocked the judges on the panel hearing the case.
That’s from Glenn Greenwald, in his recent article, “The Obama GITMO myth: New vindictive restrictions on detainees highlights the falsity of Obama defenders regarding closing the camp.”
The central theme of Greenwald’s exhaustive piece is that Barack Obama has not — contrary to his rhetoric — taken any meaningful steps (or, by all appearances, even thought any meaningful thoughts) toward ending the abuses of Guantanamo Bay.
Worse, as Greenwald adds:
In fact, Obama’s “close GITMO” plan — if it had been adopted by Congress — would have done something worse than merely continue the camp’s defining injustice of indefinite detention. It would likely have expanded those powers by importing them into the U.S.
Read the full takedown of Obama’s lies about his intentions toward Guantanamo Bay here.Published in