And yet another Bush policy continued while the Obama-loving media sends out a deafening yawn
by Larry Simons
July 9, 2009
You’re a non-U.S. citizen and you have been acquitted on terrorism charges by a U.S. military commission? So what. At least this is what the Obama administration's answer will be to that question soon as they seek to indefinitely detain those who have even been acquitted in our own system.
In May, Obama continued another Bush policy of being in favor of indefinitely detaining those in violation of domestic and international law. Apparently, that's not good enough. Now, even if you have been acquitted of terrorism charges, you still pose a threat.
The Defense Department’s chief lawyer, Jeh Johnson, said that not releasing prisoners who have been acquitted was a “policy decision” based on whether that individual posed a threat in the future.
On what Constitutional grounds can this happen? There is none. Seems the only “change” that is taking place is now we have a younger, black man violating the Constitution instead of an old white guy. It appears we are not too far away from a “Minority Report” scenario, in which criminals were apprehended for crimes they committed in the future. Instead, we are now detaining acquitted prisoners indefinitely for crimes we think they might commit in the future. What’s the difference?
Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley says this:
“Liberals continue to be largely silent in the face of policies that they once denounced and protested. It is rare to hear any coverage or questions of the Administration’s refusal to investigate war crimes of torture, for example. Liberals seem to be quickly developing a cult of personality that has supplanted the most basic principles of human rights and international law.”
RTO sends out a huge thank you to PrisonPlanet for posting this story and for the continued and overwhelming support of RTO over the past 2 years (especially in the past week alone). I really appreciate it