Saturday, March 14, 2009

Obama Administration Abandons Enemy Combatant Label, Invents New Rationale

Obama Administration Abandons Enemy Combatant Label, Invents New Rationale

A memorandum filed by the Justice Department today reveals that the Obama Administration is abandoning the “enemy combatant” label for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, while maintaining that they can continue to hold them on the basis of executive authority.

Obama is rather pointing to the international laws of war as a basis for indefinite detentions, as well as the joint resolution passed by the 107th Congress in the wake of 9/11, which does not contain the word “detain” or “detention.”

Where Obama and Bush differ: They use different PR terms to describe the people they illegally detain.

Where Obama and Bush agree: Both try to stretch the 9-11 resolution to support the illegal detention of anyone they don't like.

Remember, it is estimated that beyond Gitmo, the US still holds some 26,000 people in its illegal, secret prisons around the world. Now that's a highly 'anti-American' act. The founders of this country would be shocked. Then they would swear their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to make sure it ended.

Then there's this ... Obama Justice Dept. defends Rumsfeld in torture case from

In a brief filed Thursday evening, Obama Justice Department lawyers extended many of the same arguments made by Bush attorneys -- that top government officials have qualified immunity from prosecution and that Guantanamo detainees do not have constitutional rights to due process.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss ...

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